JOINT RAPID NEEDS ASSESSMENT REPORT ON ASSAM FLOODS 2016
Joint Rapid Needs Assessment was carried out in 10 districts covering 28 flood affected villages by a team of IAG Assam members in some of the worst affected villages as well as worst affected districts. One of the limitations of the report is that the assessment was limited to a few affected districts with availability of less number of volunteers. Data was also received from other affected districts as well. The findings and analysis also includes first hand observations and findings from SitReps and situational analysis from member agencies in the affected districts.
It has been observed that out to 28 villages which were assessed, 13 villages recorded 100% of the households flood affected. Approximately 10699 people are reported to be displaced and approximately 4113 number of children have been affected. An approximate total of 5841 women and 5541 no. of men have been affected in the 13 assessed flood affected villages. However information was not available from 9 villages on these above mentioned particulars. It was found that an approximate figure of 122 pregnant and nursing mothers found in the assessed areas. It was observed that the affected people were taking shelters in schools buildings, embankments, raised platforms and roadsides. Some people were also taking shelter in sub-centres, market sheds, temples and in houses of their relatives.
85% of the people were found to be still defecating in open areas which may lead to serious health consequences. It has been found that 75% of the villages were under the risk of water contamination at source. 82% of the assessed areas reported insufficiency of water containers of appropriate size and types. It was found that 75% of the women were found to be using cloth for menstrual hygiene practices pre-disaster. 72% of the assesses areas reported that they had food security only for a period of less than one week. Which goes to imply that there is an urgent need for intervention in food security among the affected people. It has been found from the analysis above that 21% of the asessed areas significant changes in the total amount of food that female are eating since the disaster and they reported that the amount of food intake had decreased. Alarmingly no response was received from 72% of the respondents in the affected areas. In 82% of the affected areas the total amount of food intake by male members of the households since disaster has decreased. 68% of the assessed areas stated that the total amount of food intake among children since disaster has significantly decreased. Availability of fooder in the affected areas was found to be one of the major concerns. 93% of the affected areas reported availability of fodder for cattle for a period of less than a week.
Shelter and requirement of tarpaulins has come as one of the major necessities in the flood affected areas. There is also a serious need to advocate for livelihood opportunities to the affected communities through provision of loans from banks and other livelihood opportunities from NGOs and civil society partners.
The detailed report of JRNA on Assam Floods 2016 is available through below link:
We acknowledge and give our thanks to humanitarian agencies for their efforts to carry out Joint Rapid Need Assessment and writing report on situation analysis and emerging needs.
Agencies who took lead in writing the Report
ACTED, NEADS, Action Aid Association, ADRA, RVC, Caritas, IGSSS, Christian Aid, Save the Children, World Vision, IAG Assam Secretariat and SECTORAL COMMITTEES comprising of OXFAM, Save the Children, UNICEF, ACTED, ADRA, Caritas and Action Aid for providing their important inputs to the report.
The ANT, ACTED, IGSSS, Christian Aid, ADRA, OXFAM, NEADS, RVC, SATRA, Morigaon Mahila Mehfil, Caritas India, NERSWN, Jhai Foundation, World Vision, Action Aid Association, UNICEF, IAG Assam Secretariat.
STRENGTHENING OF NETWORKS FOR SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH (SRH) IN CRISIS IN SOUTH ASIA: SRI LANKA ( 29th – 20th June, 2016)
The PPTs given on Strengthening of Networks for Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) in Crisis in South Asia which was held at Colmbo, Sri Lanka on 29-20th June, 2016 Supported by IPPF, SPRINT, Australian Aid is available through below link:
CONSULTATION REPORT ON MAINSTREAMING DRR IN FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND MECHANISMS AT NEW DELHI : 28th JUNE, 2016
Disaster preparedness and response is exceptionally important in the context of financial inclusion. Countries with higher concentrations of poverty, weak infrastructure, and poor public services are more at risk. Experience has shown that financial institutions serving at-risk populations are as vulnerable as their clients to these disasters and crises. While the initial humanitarian and emergency response to crisis is crucial, there is a growing recognition of the value of disaster risk reduction (DRR) strategies in preparing for and thus reducing economic losses associated with disasters.
As part of this, SEEP Network, in collaboration with Sphere India, organized a Consultation on Mainstreaming DRR in Financial Institutions and Mechanisms at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi on June 28th, 2016. This meeting, made possible with the support of the Citi Foundation, is intended to bring together the various Government and Non-Government actors engaged in the area of DRR, micro finance and other financial mechanisms to better understand the challenges faced by the microfinance providers and their low income clients, as well as opportunities for collaboration across the range of market actors to increase the resiliency in times of crisis.
There were two primary objectives of the consultation. The first was to bring together diverse stakeholders with vested interest in initiating a process for mainstreaming DRR into financial institutions and mechanisms. The second objective was to gain input on the proposed methodology for a risk mapping and diagnostic analysis in India to ensure the results are meaningful and relevant to a wide range of actors in the market.
The Opening Remark to the consultation was given by Mr. Vikrant Mahajan, CEO, Sphere India and Ms. Deena Burjorjee, SEEP Network, welcoming the key panelists and participants. The participants included representatives from Government of India, National NGOs, INGOs and UN agencies working in India. Featured panelists included Prof. Anil Gupta from NIDM (Government), Mr. G. Padmanabhan from UNDP (United Nations Development Programme), Mr. Palash Shrivastav from IDFC (Private Sector) and Mr. Suvi Aruliah from World Vision India (Micro Finance). The program was also attended by Mr. Sanjay Kumar Singh from NDMA.
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With no rain in past 24 hours, water level in the affected districts have been started receding as reported by local NGOs and IAG members from different districts. However, thereat is continued to be there in the areas near Nepal Boarder. It has been heard that about 10 km stretch in Supaul district near Nepal is lying at risk due to second spill of heavy rain started in Nepal which may again aggravate the flood situation in adjoining areas of Bihar State. 50 lac population got affected till the date.
Bihar- No rainfall from 31st July to 4th August
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Minutes of BIAG Coordination Meeting
On 29th July 2016
In view of current flood situation in Bihar having 11 districts affected, Bihar IAG had convened Emergency Coordination Meeting today, 29th July, in UNICEF Patna Office, wherein, humanitarian agencies Care India, ADRA, OXFAM India, CASA, World Vision India, Save the Children, CRS, PGVS, EFICOR, Caritas India, Plan India, CWS, UNICEF, Bihar Pani Panchayat and Sphere India had participated.
- At the outset, Mr. Sanjay Pandey, Convener IAG presented the situation updates of Bihar Floods and tentative action plan for Joint Rapid Needs Assessment (JRNA).
- Further, discussion held with IAG members for their agreement on the next plan of coordination actions.
- Ms. Shivani Rana from Sphere India was present in the meeting and suggested the process to be taken up for Joint Rapid Needs Assessment.
Key Decisions Taken:
- BIAG is going to conduct Joint Rapid Needs Assessment from 31st
- 07 Districts were finalized for the assessment and respective teams of different agencies have been identified for each district with Leading Agency. List of agencies district wise is mentioned below:
|BIHAR FLOODS- JRNA PLANNING|
|Districts||Organizations||Station and official support||Vehicle Support|
|1||Araria||PGVS, ADRA, CARE||CARE INDIA||PCVS||1|
|2||Purnia||PGVS, UNICEF, CRS, CARITAS, CARE||CARE INDIA||CRS,UNICEF||1+1|
|3||Katihar||EHA, PGVS,SC, CARE||CARE INDIA||SC||1|
|4||Kishanganj||CASA, EHA, SC, WVI, CARE||CARE INDIA||WVI||1|
|5||Supaul||CASA, ADRA, CARITAS, CARE, EFICOR||CARE INDIA||CARITAS||1|
|6||Gopalganj**||PLAN, CARE, UNICEF||CARE INDIA||UNICEF||1|
|7||East champaran||UNICEF, EFICOR, CARE||CARE INDIA||UNICEF||1|
- Logistic arrangements has been ensured and finalized with support from different agencies
- Office Space for discussion and team meeting at District Level will be provided by Care India in all 07 districts.
- Care India will provide District level person for each team and try to put female staff in most of them.
- Caritas India may also provide female staff.
- OXFAM India will provide information about their presence in the districts to Convener, Mr. Sanjay Pandey by 30th July morning.
- Sphere India Coordinator will be based in Bihar for providing technical support for JRNA exercise
Below is the detailed timeline for JRNA;
- Orientation to JRNA teams on JRNA tools and Process- 30th July in UNICEF Office
- Data Collection/Assessment in the Field- 31st July to 3rd August
- Data Compilation- 4th August
- Debriefing Meeting & Presentation by District Teams- 4th August
- Report Writing- 5th-6th August
- Draft Report- 7th August