This year’s monsoon has brought excessive rainfall in several parts of South Asia, including India. By the end of July, the overflowing Brahmaputra river in the state of Assam, in Northeast India, had resulted in massive floods which have wreaked havoc in the state.
While floods are not uncommon in this region, the scale of the deluge this year is significant. Over 1.7 million people are affected in 21 districts of Assam — of which 10 districts are severely affected. Thousands of people whose houses have been flooded are now living in relief camps.
Access to many areas is still cut off, but the Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) is actively supporting efforts by the state and district authorities and other response forces for carrying out relief operations. The IRCS will utilise the widespread presence of its staff and volunteers, including First Medical Responders (FMR), across the affected areas.
International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is coordinating with IRCS in the flood response, as well as with other Movement partners including the ICRC and Belgian Red Cross- Flanders.