South Asia Floods – India

The South Asia region has been inundated by severe monsoon floods, affecting millions, destroying livelihoods and displacing families from their homes.

One of the countries that have been severely affected by monsoon floods between 2017 and 2018 is India, with the states of Assam, Bihar, Mizoram and West Bengal bearing the brunt of the intense flooding. Several World Vision Area Programmes (APs) are in flood-affected states, including Nabagram AP, which is supported by World Vision Malaysia.


In the states of Bihar, West Bengal and Assam alone, over 30 million people were estimated to be affected. The destruction of cropland caused severe economic damage, depriving many families of their livelihoods. Thousands took shelter in relief camps set up by national government authorities.


World Vision was in the affected states and reached 100,291 beneficiaries with dry rations, non-food items (household items like kitchenware and clothes), water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), and shelter materials. Apart from distribution of relief materials, World Vision also conducted sensitisation programmes, reaching 13,955 people on child protection issues, WASH issues and disaster preparedness as part of the emergency relief interventions.


In Assam, World Vision provided household essential kits (including utensils, stove, clothes and tarpaulin sheets) and transitional shelters for 108 families in partnership with Habitat for Humanity India. And in Bihar, priority for relief was given to 322 physically challenged people including pregnant women.


88% of families who received relief assistance were from the Dalit community who are the most deprived and marginalised in the region due to their caste status. Most of the families are landless labourers and small farmers who lost their crops in the floods while many are daily wage earners involved in back-breaking manual labour work.


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