FLOOD RELIEF ACTIVITIES 2008
Bihar State, constitutes 16.5 % of the total flood affected area of India and has once again been hit hard. The breach in the eastern embankment of the Kosi River in North Bihar on 18th August 2008 resulted in the River changing its course and causing destruction in 15 districts in Bihar.
Evacuation in the flooded areas went upto 50,000 people per day, to cities like Delhi and Patna. People were boarding any trains they could get. People from flood-affected districts were moving into other districts. The Bihar Flood Management Information System has been tracking the floods:
In these Districts agricultural lands were waterlogged; inhabited villages were marooned, people were trapped in buildings, especially school children, Railway tracks have been submerged and boats are transporting essential commodities, including food. Given the enormity of the humanitarian crisis, the Prime Minister of India has declared it as a National Calamity.
OBSERVATIONS from our CHILDLINE TEAM
The children as always, are among the worst hit - from Child abuse, Child trafficking, to Diarrhoea and Child trauma, deaths due to malnourishment and worst of all, they have even been sold. The Relief material being sent is generally for adults and not really targeted towards children.
The Govt camps are huge, each covering an area of 1-1 ½ sq kms. They do have facilities like hospital, school, telecom, police stations, but are however over crowded and too far away to reach. NGO camps are smaller yet they too are in a critical condition and unable to sustain their desired activities.
IMMEDIATE RESPONSE by CHILDLINE
REHABILITATION cum RECREATIONAL CENTRES
MATERIALS MOBILISED & SENT for the children:
Saharsa being one of the worst hit districts, is the head of all operations for the CHILDLINE Bihar relief work. The flat taken on rent there, is a place for staff & volunteers to rest as well as store relief material. A Vehicle aids quick relief work, as more and more areas are accessible.
We thank all those who supported us. Your contributions together with our presence in the area have made a difference to the children in Bihar.
CHILDLINE activities furthering UNICEF work
Helping Children crossing over at Supaul
SAP Jawan helping with distributing Milk at our Madhepura Help Desk
Towards Gidrahi & Belari Villages