Assam Flood Relief 2016
A natural disaster is a major adverse event resulting from natural processes of the Earth; examples include floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunamis, and other geologic processes. A natural disaster can cause loss of life or property damage, and typically leaves some economic damage in its wake, the severity of which depends on the affected population's resilience or ability to recover and also on the infrastructure available.
An adverse event will not rise to the level of a disaster if it occurs in an area without vulnerable population. In a vulnerable area, however, such as Nepal during the 2015 earthquake, which caused disastrous consequences leaving lasting damage, requiring years to repair.
Flood is a natural event or occurrence where a piece of land (or area) that is usually dry land, suddenly gets submerged under water. Some floods can occur suddenly and recede quickly.
Others take days or even months to build and discharge. When floods happen in an area that people live, the water carries along objects like houses, bridges, cars, furniture and even people. It can wipe away farms, trees and many more heavy items. Flood is a disaster situation which brings damage, death and crisis when it occurs. It has a great negative impact on mankind and on other living as well as non-living being. And it does not show or give any sign before it comes, its occurrence is something which is unplanned or unknown.
MILLIONS OF PEOPLE HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES
Millions of people have lost their lives due to the occurrence of natural disasters like earthquake, floods and so on. Even in our country India, we recently witnessed the flood that threatened and destroyed the Chennai City on December 2015, in which many people lost their lives, many got displaced from their houses. It was a crisis situation that affected not only the Chennai city but the whole India.
And unfortunately, this year 2016, again we witnessed the same disaster situation in Assam due to heavy rainfalls which resulted in massive floods that affected different districts of Assam, Barpeta, Golaghat, Sivasagar, Sonitpur, Biswanath, Tinsukia, Udalguri, Chirang, Dhubri, Darrang and many more areas.
THE SITUATION AND EFFECT OF FLOOD ON ASSAM
Assam faced an outrage situation which was caused by massive flood due to heavy rain in July 2016. It has affected around 14 districts of Assam, where millions of people got victimized; many lost their lives, homes, property, fields etc. It has also affected many children and infants; they got contaminated to different kind of health diseases. This affected areas mostly being very rural and interior villages in Assam. So you can imagine the lives of these people in rural and interior villages, which have been destroyed by the occurrence of the natural disaster. Their livelihood mostly been agriculture, cultivation and farming but everything got vanished by the floods. Apart from mankind, it has also affected the lives of many animals. The floods have affected the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary and the Kaziranga National Park, a World Heritage Site.
INTERVENTION OF AGNI FOUNDATION
Agni Foundation is one of the organization in Chennai city which is always ready to lend helping hand to the people who are in need of support and assistance. And it was one of the leading organization which showed up during the Chennai flood in 2015. Agni foundation with its 2000 plus volunteers came up to rescue the people who were largely affected during the Chennai flood, along with support materials which includes, foods, clothes, baby products, medical aids and so on. This year 2016, Agni Foundation once again had showed up and provide its support for the Assam people who were affected by the flood. Though we were not physically present at the place, but we were able to reach the victims through the help of our collaborating partner, Asian Mission Institute an NGO in Assam. We sent around 200 kgs of support relief materials which includes blankets, bedcovers, clothes, towels, baby products, and so on. Our support relief materials were dispatched from Chennai Airport, with the help of the two airlines Indigo and Jet airways, who joined us in this humanitarian work by transporting the materials to Guwahati airport. Our partnered NGO received the materials from the airport and were well distributed among the people in Barpeta area, which is one of the most affected area due to the flood. We are thankful to our partners, Asian Mission Institute, airline partners Indigo and Jet airways, for their cooperation that they have shown towards us and make this possible.