Thousands of Families Devastated by Floods in Northern India

Action Against Hunger launches urgent needs assessment to plan response
Mother and child
A displaced mother and child in India. Image: Copyright REUTERS/ Ahmad Masood

Approximately 5,000 people have been killed by severe floods in the Indian state of Uttarakhand over the past two weeks, with torrential rains devastating thousands of lives and leaving 3,000 people still missing.

Although the monsoon season has just started, extreme weather over the last fortnight has affected more than 180 villages and destroyed 1,000 homes in north India.  The extreme rains have caused two key rivers to rise and pour over the region, increasing the risk of waterborne disease.

Uttarakhand borders Nepal in a mountainous area that was already difficult to access. Now, landslides have destroyed parts of the road network, leaving between 50-60,000 people blocked in and impossible for emergency relief workers to reach.

Approximately 10,000 soldiers from the Indian army have been deployed to assist people in urgent need of food, first aid, shelter and clean drinking water.

Action Against Hunger teams are mobilized and together with local and national partners, we're launching an urgent multi-sectoral assessment, to evaluate the needs of affected families. We will share more information on our efforts as it becomes available. 

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About Elisabeth Anderson Rapport

Elisabeth Anderson Rapport, Senior Communications Officer

Elisabeth is Action Against Hunger's senior communications officer, reporting on our impact and current events around the world.