Re: Uttarakhand disaster information
HUMANITARIAN APPEAL 28 June 2013
UTTARAKHAND FLOOD RESPONSE
As on 28th June 2013, the SEEDS team has commenced humanitarian operations
in Rudraprayag, Uttarakhand; one of the districts worst affected by the
flash floods. This region has suffered huge losses of life and property.
More than 70% of the houses in the 12 km Tilwara - Chandrapur belt have been
washed away and those remaining are unfit to be lived in. All local
residents are currently residing in tents. 9 schools in the region have also
been heavily damaged and would need to be rebuilt.
Electricity has been totally cut off and it is expected that at least 3
months will be required to restore it. While food is being distributed,
there is a shortage of cooking utensils. Alarmingly, natural water streams
are heavily contaminated and the risk of epidemics is looming large.
Daily updates of our ongoing relief work, as other details about local needs
and priorities are available on our facebook page at
SEEDS is currently erecting tents for families, but we are hugely short of
demand. Immediate needs include:
1. 200 family tents costing a minimum of Rs. 10,000 each (USD 200)
2. 200 "Tata Swach" water purifiers for Rs. 800 each (USD 16)
3. 20 sanitation units for Rs. 10,000 each (USD 200)
4. 200 solar lamps for Rs. 5,000 each (USD 100)
5. 200 sets of utensils for Rs. 5,000 each (USD 100)
6. 200 packets of sanitary napkins for Rs. 200 each (USD 4)
Adding costs for transportation and logistics of the goods mentioned above,
a total of Rs. 5 million (USD 100,000) is immediately required.
In the long term, SEEDS intends to focus on the following:
1.. Building up to 1000 shelters (depending on real need). We have already
identified 337 houses that need to be reconstructed.
2.. Building same numbers in interim housing
3.. Restoring and rebuilding 25 schools. A primary school in Silli Village
is completely destroyed.
4.. Interventions in water and sanitation as per needs
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SEEDS, founded in 1994, is a humanitarian organisation that has been active
in all major relief and rehabilitation initiatives since the 2001 Gujarat
Earthquake. Over the years, our team has reached out to families affected by
earthquakes, floods and cyclones; restoring homes, schools and hospitals.
SEEDS continues to advocate for and work with communities across Asia to
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standards of accountability and quality management in humanitarian response.
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Reduction - the highest multi-stakeholder platform on disasters by the
Government of India.
Uttarakhand: Debris forces river to change courseDC | Rashme Sehgal | 22nd Aug 2013
New Delhi: Experts believe that one of the key reasons why rivers in Uttarakhand are changing course is due to the accumulation of debris from largescale construction and mining going on along their banks.
Prof Shekhar Pathak, historian and expert on the Himalayan region, pointed out that the construction boom fuelled illegal sand and boulder mining from riverbeds across the Himalayan belt. This largescale extraction changed the slope of the riverbed forcing it to change its course.
Prof Pathak cited the example of Alaknanda river changing its course abruptly in June which saw it flowing through the Srinagar city. The huge quantity of silt and boulders that it was carrying saw its banks being raised by 40 feet.
The environment ministry and the PMO had been repeatedly warned against muck being allowed to accumulate along the river banks often because of the construction of huge tunnels to build the run-of-the- river dams thereby forcing the river to flow at higher levels.
Each of these projects generates millions of tonnes of muck. Scientists have calculated that one hydro project requires several lakhs truckloads to remove this muck. The cheapest way out is to dump this waste material into a river, he added.
This was confirmed by geologist Dr Naveen Junyal with the Physical Research Laboaratory, in Ahmedabad who pointed out that the massive 1893 and the 1970 floods in the Alaknanda did not rec-ord such high levels. The situation remains same with other rivers including the Mandakini, the Bhagirathi and the Dhauli Ganga.