Over 5.5 million people have been affected due to floods in India this year and the state of Assam has experienced the worst flooding over the last ten years, affecting over 3.6 million people. This time, affected communities are facing an additional threat given the ongoing COVID crisis that requires health and hygiene safeguards and social distancing in the relief camps. NGO SEEDS stands with Assam in these difficult times and is reaching out to 100,000 affected people with their immediate needs in the districts of Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Barpeta and Morigaon.
SEEDS is promptly reaching out with safe drinking water, dry food, hygiene and family utility kit. This also includes key items required for COVID-19 safety. A team member from the region informed, “The situation at the ground level is worse than ever. There are drinking water, food and hygiene issues. Thousands of families are battling with the intense flood situation coupled with the challenges of ongoing coronavirus pandemic. They are in need of urgent humanitarian aid.”
Dr Manu Gupta, Co-Founder, SEEDS, said, “With millions of people displaced by the floods, it has become critical that relief reaches them at the earliest. Our team is working relentlessly to analyse and meet the immediate requirements of the affected people in an effective manner. We are also taking necessary precautions to mitigate the risk of the pandemic.”
The floods have caused extensive damage to the houses, water sources, toilets and other infrastructures. Due to incessant rains and increased water in these regions and COVID-19 looming large, it is essential for communities to have a roof over their heads at the earliest. SEEDS will also work towards providing repair and restoration of homes and schools as part of the recovery intervention. It urges citizens to extend their support to help families of Assam, build back better.
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