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MAHARASHTRA FLOOD RELIEF
you are aware CASA is a National Voluntary Organisation with a history
of responding to emergencies and disasters since 1947.
CASA as an arm of the Protestant Churches in India
is mandated to work in a purely secular manner in all spheres
of its programme activities including humanitarian assistance programmes.
response is regardless of considerations of caste, creed, language,
religion, ethnic origin or political affiliation.
Priority is given to families belonging to scheduled castes,
scheduled tribes, women headed households, the aged and infirm and
other economically backward people. Operating on an all-India basis,
CASA responds to 60-70 emergencies – both natural and man-made – per
flood situation in Maharashtra caused due to heavy rains since July
26th, 2005 over Marathwada, Konkan-Goa, Madhya Maharashtra
flooded the river catchment of Mumbai island basin including Ulhas river
and sub-basin of Wardha and Godavari river and upper stream catchment
areas of river Kal and Savitira.
India’s financial capital was paralyzed by the strongest rains
ever recorded in Indian history, with torrential downpours – 37 inches
in one day – marooning drivers, forcing students to sleep at school
and snapping communication lines.
incessant rains continued to pour in Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra
for over a week the death
toll in the state reached beyoond 900. Rail, road and air traffic stayed
paralysed and with dams overflowing, thousands of people had to be evacuated.
has been monitoring the situation of the flood in Maharashtra since
26th July 2005.. Immediately we have put in place assessment
teams to survey the flood damages and the need of the affected people
in Konkan region, Thane district towns namely; Kalyan,
Vithalwadi, Ambernath, Badlapur, Panvel areas. CASA staff along
with volunteers from CASA’s member churches, Networks, and Partners
respond in this emergency situation.
initial assessment by the senior level staff of CASA, meetings were
held with the church Clergy leaders , local leaders and
at Panvel, Kalyan and Ambernath
to share the assessment, formulating
the response needs and operational strategies and finalization of locations
for our response. The church
also responded positively in initiating the programme and is actively
collaborating with CASA.
immediate response requirements were identified as follows:
will be targeting 10,000 of the most affected families in Maharashtra
for the relief part of the programme. Priority will be given to the
most vulnerable sections among those affected such as women and children.
has deployed 13 staff members, partners , NGOS friends and numerous
church personnel in Maharashtra
since 26th July, 2005 to make on the spot assessment
about damage and relief needs.
We are in constant touch with the District Administration, Municipal
Commissioners and local YMCAs, Churches/Institutions to assess the situation
and coordinate the relief response.
are now in the process of identifying the beneficiaries in cooperation
with our partner churches and agencies. The assistance of the local
government agencies and the village leaders will also be taken in the
identification process, which will seek to identify those whose needs
are the greatest. This may be measured in terms of the relative loss
suffered (both in terms of people and property), socio-economic background
of the selected beneficiary, and also the vulnerability factor of women
and children, the aged and infirm.
will coordinate with the members from Panchayati Raj (local self government)
leaders, local NGOs and CBOs, Block Development Officers and District
and State level relief, revenue disaster management and rehabilitation
Provision of cooked food for 5 days to 6,000 people.
Provision of drinking water for 5 days to 6,000 people.
Provision of dry ration to 10,000 families..
Provision of clothing, utensils, blankets and other articles
to 10,000 families.
Provision of Hygiene Kits (bathing soap, washing soap powder
and cotton towel) to 10,000 families.
Provision of Educational material (notebooks and writing/drawing
kits) to 5,000 children.
area of operation
assessment team visited districts
like Thane, Raigad , Ratnagiri & Kolhapur through assessment,
cooked food and relief kit
in collaboration with Syrian
Orthodox church, Marthoma church, Methodist church, Church of North
India, Hindustani Covenant Church,
Tamil Evangelical Lutheran
Church, Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church,
Kalyan has started feeding Programme by distributing of
cooked food from 31st
July 2005 onwards .The survey is currently on and
and 5000 families will be covered in Thane district.the location
are given below.
Kalyan East (Bhavani
Ulhasnagar (Thakarey Colony)
Vadawali (Mona village)
assessment team was in Ratnagiri on 29th onwards and
visted Sanamneshwar and Chiplun Talukas. The villages of
Denge , Khonde Phungee , Dawakole, Sakerpad, under Sangameshwar
and Govakot, Majrekash, Dalwatne , Kudi, , Sati , Kalmbaste, Kaluse,
Chipluin, Juad , Doavalli, Gogari , Valope, were identified
as most affected and the families are also identidfied for distribution
of relief kit. Distribution
of relief kit for 1000 families.
total of 6000 meals was being distributed daily. Since the heavy rains
are not abated we need to continue the feeding programme for at least
5 days as the people are engaged in cleaning of houses and retrieving
belongings. There is acute shortage of potable water, food items and
cooking fuel in the affected areas and therefore the families cannot
start cooking on their own immediately.
along with partner NGOs in Konkan region visited
Raigad district. The village was badly affected and under water , totally
cut of from the rest of place. The roads and bridges were
affected badly and people were evacuated. CASA has identified villages
most affected , in the interiors and where the Goverment has not reached
and identified the villages of Roha, Mahad and Pen
to work with. Distribution
of relief kit for 2000
the Diocease of Kolhapur CASA has identified 56 villages and is extending
its support through immediate relief.
12000 meals were provided to the families most affected and 1000
relief kits as immediate
the member Churches slums in Malad and Goregaon are identified and 1000
meals were distributed. Relief
kit will be provided for 1000 families.
of potable drinking water
there is severe shortage of water for drinking and washing etc. CASA
provided drinking water through tankers to most needy areas of Thane
district. To augment the supplies by the government A total of 10 tankers
per day for 5 days are proposed to be distributed in the areas where
the feeding programme is being implemented.
Assistance Process –
of non-food items and food ration
are carried out to authentify the families who need to be assisted with
non-food and dry ration food items to bring them to some normalcy in
their lives. A total of
10,000 families will be covered in the above locations in the districts
of Thane, Raighad, Kolhapur and Ratnagiri.
relief pack consists of a hygiene kit, educational kit, family kit with
food and non-food items. The
total cost of each kit is around Rs. 1,000/-
Given below are the details of the content of each kit.
Hygiene Kits each consisting of 2 pcs. Bathing Soap, 1 Kg Washing Soap
Powder and 1 pc. Cotton
Towel will be provided to
these 10,000 families.
notebooks, Writing/drawing kits (pencil pouch with accessories &
crayon will be distributed
to 5,000 school children who lost their study material in this flood.
items like - 10 Kg rice, 2 Kg dal, 1 ltr oil, 1 Kg sugar and 1 Kg salt.
Non-food items like – 1 bucket, one mug, 2 mats one towel, two
bedsheets, one saree and one dhoti.
We are in the process of mobilising resources for another 5000 families. Based on the availability we are planning to extend the work to Satara, Yavatmal, Nanded, Akola and Sangli. Besides working out our mid-term rehabilitation response by providing housing material and assistance CASA as well will provide assistance to a few families in restoring their livelihood at the earliest.