Heavy, sustained rains, triggered by cyclone Mora, caused widespread and devastating flooding across the northeastern states in India in late June, early July. Communities already living below the poverty line in Assam province – the most remote and least developed region in the country – were primarily affected.
More than 140,000 hectares of crop area were destroyed by the floods, leading to major economic losses in the affected communities. Many houses were submerged or washed away, and people who lost their homes were living in government relief camps or on the roadside and in fields with no access to shelter, safe sanitation or drinking water. Many roads were severely damaged in both districts, leaving villages isolated from the mainstream communication system with access only by boat.
Oxfam Canada worked to increase access to safe water, sanitation facilities and hygiene promotion activities and improve survivors’ ability to address food and health needs.
They provided hygiene kits adapted for women and girls to 1,000 households, and promoted health and hygiene practices to help in preventing the spread of water-borne disease. They repaired and chlorinated 100 local water sources and installed emergency toilets with bathing cubicles in 100 locations. They did the work by giving jobs to cyclone survivors through a cash-for-work initiative. Oxfam also transferred cash to 500 of the most vulnerable flood-affected households to assist them with their immediate needs.