Christian Aid India floods appeal

Source: Christian Aid - UK - Tue, 9 Jul 2013 14:15 PM
Author: Christian Aid
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  • July 2013, Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand state.

    The national highway has fallen away, and a makeshift road has been constructed so people can continue their everyday lives.

  • July 2013, Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand state.

    Manodari Devi, 50, escaped from her house with her daughter-in-law Prabha, 24, and three-month-old grandson, and their buffalo, just moments before her home crashed into the river. Her land was washed away, and she's now unable to earn enough (she only makes 2,000 rupees (£22) a month from selling buffalo milk). Here she stands where her house once stood.

  • July 2013, Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand state.

    ‘We looked out of the window and saw the river swelling, and debris moving quickly towards us. I was really scared. There wasn’t time to collect our belongings. I was too terrified to look back; we just had to run to higher ground.’ Recalls Sheela Devi.

    Fortunately, Sheela and her family were able to flee the floodwaters, finding refugee in a local school – currently a makeshift relief camp Here Christian Aid partner Church's Auxiliary for Social Action (CASA) is working here alongside other local organisations providing food, water, blankets and essential medical assistance to families affected.

  • July 2013, Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand state.

    Dhanpal Singh stands with his ten year old daughter Arti. His wife Laxmi, two of their children and his mother (his aunt who adopted him) were killed in a landslide. Their home wasdestroyed. Arti was fetching water at the time – this saved her life.

    The Indian government has said that it will compensate families who’ve suffered loss following the disaster. Christian Aid partner Church's Auxiliary for Social Action (CASA) is supporting families such as Dhanpal’s to receive the compensation they are entitled to. They are also assessing their needs concerning food, water, blankets and essential medicines, as well as long term needs including safe shelter.

  • July 2013, Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand state.

    ‘We live right next to a wall and a big bridge. The bridge was washed away by the waters and the wall was broken. All the debris from further up the river started to flood into our neighbourhood. I was really scared.’ Recalls Sangeeta Devi.

    Her house is now completely filled with sand and everything she owns is destroyed. Sangeeta and her family are currently staying in Uttarakashi’s relief camp, where Christian Aid partner Church's Auxiliary for Social Action (CASA) is working alongside other local organizations, providing food, water, blankets and essential medical assistance to families such as Sangeeta’s.

  • July 2013, Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand state.

    ‘I’m unable to think about the future right now, while my husband is missing.’ Bijali Devi’s husband went to work on the pilgrimage; it’s an opportunity every year to earn money to help feed his family. He has not returned following the recent flooding and landslides.

    The Indian government has said it will compensate families who’ve suffered loss following the disaster. Christian Aid partner Church's Auxiliary for Social Action (CASA) is supporting families such as Bijali’s - helping them to receive the compensation they are entitled to.

  • July 2013, Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand state.

    A local school has been turned into a makeshift relief camp in Uttarkashi, Uttarkhand state.

    Christian Aid partner Church's Auxiliary for Social Action (CASA) is working alongside other local organisations providing food, water, blankets and essential medical assistance to families affected.

  • July 2013, Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand state.

    Anita Devi is 8 months pregnant. She is living in the makeshift relief camp in Uttarkashi with her husband and four children.

    ‘When the rains came, there was no time to grab anything. We knew we had to run. We walked 5km to reach the camp. I have nothing left. The only thing I have left is a floor mat, which I sleep on with my family.’

    Christian Aid partner Church's Auxiliary for Social Action (CASA) is working alongside other local organizations at the relief camp, providing food, water, blankets and essential medical assistance to families such as Anita’s.

  • July 2013, Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand state.

    Banarirasi Dasand and his wife Kamala stand outside their home. Inside, everything they own has been destroyed. Outside, clothes and belongings lie strewn, left there by the floodwaters.

    The elderly couple live beside the river and are part of a dalit community, who along with other marginalised groups often end up living in areas of cities, towns and villages most prone to disaster.

  • July 2013, Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand state.

    Barenhat is a dalit community situated on the bank of the river in Uttarkashi. Houses have been partially destroyed and have been left five-feet deep in sand, silt and debris following the floods.

  • July 2013, Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand state.

    Rammi Devi, 70, lost everything to the floods. Although she has lived in Silli for 50 years, she does not want to remain, and hopes the government will relocate her and her family to a safer place. Christian Aid's partner CASA is supporting them with long-term livelihood support and making sure they get the compensation they're entitled to.

  • July 2013, Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand state.

    More than a thousand roads and over a hundred bridges have been destroyed, leaving some 1335 remote communities cut-off.

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