Flooding in Chennai Province India
Flooding in Chennai Province India
November 2015

More than a week of sustained rain in the Chennai province of India resulted in flooding in several districts. The floods have killed more than 300 and affected over 2 million people.

Humanitarian Assistance: 

Shelter-related items and cash

People Helped: 
Funds provided: 
Global Affairs Canada: 
Oxfam Canada: $41,250
Humanitarian Coalition: 
Humanitarian Needs: 

The most significant impact at this time is on shelter—both household and community infrastructure. In rural areas, mud houses (the most common type of houses in the area) have either totally collapsed or are severely damaged, rendering them unlivable, with extensive losses of essential items such as beds, kitchen utensils, school books, etc. There is also a risk of disease outbreaks and the ever potential threat of gender based violence. Other infrastructure such as schools and medical facilities has also been badly damaged, further impacting the communities’ capacities to cope with the disaster.

Humanitarian Response: 

Objective: Provide emergency shelter materials and improve access to food, health related needs and income generating opportunities

• Provide shelter related material (e.g. tarpaulins, groundsheets, kitchen sets, mosquito nets, etc.) to 1,100 families.
• Assist the 300 most vulnerable households with unconditional cash transfers of INR 10,000 (approximately CAD $210) per beneficiary.

Organizational Capacity: 

Oxfam is a leading humanitarian and development agency in India since 1951. Oxfam has responded to all the major disasters in the country. Oxfam has existing partners and program experience of working in South India. Oxfam was one of the leading humanitarian actors responding to the Tsunami of 2004, and South India Floods in 2009. Oxfam has prior experience of assisting disaster affected communities with WASH, shelter related items, as well as implementing cash transfers in its humanitarian responses.



Our responses to localized disasters are supported by Global Affairs Canada (75%), the member agencies of the Humanitarian Coalition (15%), and the Humanitarian Coalition (10%). The CHAF was created in 2014 to ensure timely funding is available to fund lifesaving responses to smaller-scale disasters.