Oxfam responds to flooding in India

Emergencies, Media Releases, News article written on the 12 Sep 2014

Oxfam is responding to flooding in India that has affected people in 2,500 villages in the Jammu Kashmir region, in the worst natural disaster to hit the region in 60 years.

Constant rain and landslides have wreaked havoc in the North Indian state, where 450 villages remain completely submerged and a further 300 remain cut off.

The worst hit areas are Anantnag, Pulwama and Kulgam districts in South Kashmir, Bandipore in North Kashmir and Poonch and Rajouri districts in Jammu region.

Urgent humanitarian needs include the supply of non-food items such as fleece blankets, tarpaulin sheets, hygiene kits and solar lamps, and the provision of food and safe drinking water.

Oxfam India is responding to these immediate needs, with a contribution of emergency funding provided by Oxfam Australia.

Oxfam is also assessing the needs of people affected by flooding in Pakistan.

To support Oxfam’s humanitarian responses worldwide donate to Oxfam Australia’s International Crisis Fund, call 1800 034 034 or visit www.oxfam.org.au/icf

For interviews or more information, please contact Angus Hohenboken on 0428 367 318 or angush@oxfam.org.au