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The 2016 Indian Flooding

Brahmaputra, the lifeline of Assam, is an ancient river, even older than the majestic Himalayas. Its path goes through canyons, contains rapids and is at times 16km wide. One can easily fathom the span of devastation when Assam is hit by a flood, and that’s exactly what happened in 2016.

When humanitarian response became much needed

On the 23rd and 24th of July, entire regions were devastated by a flooding caused by a monsoon of great magnitude and power, causing the river to reach a dangerously high water level. The flooding affected 1.8 million people, and more than 30 lives were lost. Infrastructure took a big hit, with roads being washed away, bridges collapsed, and even Kaziranga National Park flooded. The vast agrarian region of Assam is well known for its tea, but on this particular event, 200,000 hectares went to waste. Humanitarian aid was of great importance in the months thereafter.

Assam and Bihar Government’s response
Both states provided relief resources after disaster struck. Various schools were used as relief camps and relief distribution centers for much-needed supplies such as rice, oil and mosquito nets. To prevent the spread of malnutrition, starvation, and disease. Local medical teams were working around the clock to alleviate suffering for the injured and sick.

Save the Children’s immediate, life-saving response
Next to government efforts, compassionate organization like Save The Children also went the extra mile. They assembled relief resources and shipped them out to the relief camps that the governments had set up in the disaster-struck regions. The NGO assembled care packages which contained water, food and non-food items such as tarpaulins, hygiene kits, and sleeping mats. These compassionate efforts served the affected population and helped them get through these tough times.

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