Flood claims 11 lives in Sitamarhi district; Thousands forced to flee homes as continuous rains worsen situation; Assist in providing relief to those affected by Floods in Bihar
Continuous downpour in many parts of the Bihar has paralyzed the lives of more than a million people in Nothern Bihar including Sitamarhi. The flood has claimed 11 lives in Sitamarhi district since August 12, 2017. Thousands have been forced to evacuate their homes, while a dozen persons are reported missing. People living in low lying areas are being moved to higher places because of inundation. Three feet deep floodwater is flowing at Bairgania and Parihar block headquarters. Bagmati river embankment has beached at four places in Sitamarhi district.
The rescue teams fished out body of an unidentified man on August 15 from river Lakhandei. The NDRF team has also recovered body of Md. Khushubuddin, 20, near village Bedaul under Runnisaidpur block on August 15. He was a resident of the same village. Hari Rai, Archana Kumari and Shanti Devi, all members of the same family, drowned to death in the flood water on August 15 while crossing a rivulet under Baura-Wajitpur Panchayat under Pupri Sub – division in the district.
The incessant rains for the last one week and flood have wreaked havoc. Sitamarhi is witnessing MASSIVE damage and loss of life and property. More than a dozen embankments have breached in the flood resulting in loss of human lives and cattle heads besides damage to property and crops. Repeated flooding during the last few days has only added to the woes of the people. It has increased the impacted numbers (11 reported deaths so far in the district) and also the critical needs for children and communities.
Heavy rain in Nepal has added to miseries of the flood affected people. Such a devastating flood has hit Sitamarhi district after a few years. Only NH 107, which runs from Hajipur in Vaishali to Sonbarsa in Sitamarhi, is operational in the district. The links to all the block headquarters have been snapped. The rail services have been affected. The NDRF rescue teams are working round the clock.
It is going to be mammoth task for lakhs of children and their families to bring back normalcy to their lives and you can lend your helping hand in that process.
|Overall population affected||01 Million|
|Number of Children impacted||03 Lakhs|
|Severely affected population||03 Lakhs|
|Children severely affected||1.5 Lakhs|
Approximately, 30% are severely impacted in the flood hit areas
- of more (over and above those already reached) Children The Janaki Foundation plans to bring immediate relief to: 5000
- of more Children and Adults (over and above those already reached) The Janaki Foundation plans to bring immediate relief to: 5000
- of family kits, hygiene kits, Education kits to be distributed: 5000
- WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) activities: village cleaning / disinfestation and water source restoration: 100
Overview of The Janaki Foundation’s Flood Response
The Janaki Foundation’s target is to provide comprehensive relief to 5000 worst-affected households, breakup of which is as under:
Sitamarhi, Bihar – 5,000 households
We have already begun our relief operations at Sitamarhi and in order to meet our target of providing immediate relief and early recovery material to 5000 households, we intend to raise a sum of INR 50 Lakhs.
Immediate relief comprises Water, Food, Non-Food Items (Tarpaulins, Hygiene kits, Floor mats, etc.) as well as other much needed items for the affected children and communities based on progressive assessments. In order to help the affected children move past the trauma of floods, we will be setting up Child Friendly Spaces and Temporary Learning Centres. This is in addition to the livelihood support to be provided to these households.
It’s a terrible ordeal for lakhs of children and families hit by floods. Every bit of support counts in helping them move past the effects of this tragedy. With your support, we can help them bring back normalcy into their lives. Please donate generously. Your support can save and change lives.
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
- Safe Drinking water
- Hygiene kits
- Water purification sachets
- Immediate supply of food baskets
- Mosquito Nets
- Solar lamps
- Ground sheets / Floor mats
- Tarpaulin or make shift tent
Food Security and Livelihoods
Many Families lost their sources of livelihood since all agriculture lands are under water. Very few families have livestock; hence, livelihood for food security aspects needs to be prioritized as part of the recovery strategy. Majority of families, working as landless labourer/ daily wage earner are severely affected due to non – availability of employment.
With a focus on the most marginalised sections of the society, which include women and girls who are disproportionately affected during any calamity.
We have done a rapid assessment within the villages and have narrowed down on the most pressing needs of the flood survivors. We will be distributing Hygiene-cum-Dignity kits to over 500 families in Runni Saidpur where homes have been completely inundated and damaged.
The Hygiene-cum-Dignity kits include 21 items including sarees/blouse, towels, bathing and washing soaps, baby napkins, bucket with lid, draperies, zipped bag, sanitary napkins, sewing set and much more.
We need to reach out to many more families who have been devastated. But we can’t do it alone. We URGENTLY need your support.
The Janaki Foundation has been making visible positive difference in the lives of the underprivileged children and the communities they live in by providing access to health, education, safe environment and participation for the last 17 years in Bihar and Jharkhand.
With your support we are making a difference in the lives of
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- Support for Bihar Floods – Provide a hygiene/household-cum-Dignity kit for a family of 5 @ Rs. 6500
- Support for Bihar Floods – Provide Child Friendly Space to 30 children for 2 Months @ Rs. 100000
- Support for Bihar Floods – Provide shelter repair for a family @ Rs. 20000
Teaching and learning materials for an early childhood learning centre of 25 children (3-6 years) @ Rs. 4500
- 1 year of a quality education for a child Rs. 6000
- Job-oriented vocational training for 1 youth/enterprise development Rs. 9000
- Set up a school library including books, furniture and stationery materials Rs. 15000
- Set up a water purification system in a school benefiting approximately 200 children Rs. 20000
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