In June 2013, India witnessed one of the worst disasters ever experienced by it post Tsunami in 2004. The flash floods and massive landslide in Uttarakhand led to loss of more than 10 000 lives and millions of property. Rudraprayag, Chamoli, Uttarkashi, Pittorgarh were the most affected districts by this disaster.
Humanitarian Response (Relief)
Initial assessment by SEEDS team in the flood affected area revealed that there were two key areas where humanitarian assistance was required. The communities faced problems in the common shelters provided by the government. First, while the dry rations were provided, the families did not have utensils to make food. Hence efforts were made towards providing sets of utensils to the most affected families. SEEDS supported 193 beneficiaries including 5 schools by providing tents and utensil sets.
Second was the problem of lack of privacy that women were facing in that region. Individual family tents helped counter this problem. Tents were also distributed to five schools. These helped in providing safety to children from rains and the sets of utensil enabled continuation of the mid-day meal program.
Beyond the relief operation, it was necessary to bring the community back to normalcy. Hence transition from relief to rehabilitation was urgent. The SEEDS team, based on discussions and interaction with communities, local/state administration and other agencies realized that communities required schools to be restored at the earliest for ensuring continuation of education of the children.
SEEDS has completed construction of twelve schools, that are up and running and one community centre in Rudraprayag District of Uttarakhand. Construction of two more schools is underway. These schools are run by the government, private players as well as trusts. Most of these schools were completely washed away leaving the children deprived of an education. The Schools’ management were also struggling to maintain and manage the system. This affected the children as they were forced to do with makeshift arrangement lacking basic amenities which was also highly unsafe for them.
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