Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir is facing the worst flood in decades. The situation in Jammu and Kashmir is still critical with land submerged, families displaced, lives lost and livelihoods wiped out. Major parts of Srinagar and southern Kashmir valley are still under water. Over 200,000 people from different parts of Jammu and Kashmir have been rescued. People are marooned in their houses, with no access to food and clean water.
CARE India team members who were positioned in Rajouri are now joined by more team members for the Kashmir leg of distribution.
CARE India is distributing relief material to 5000 families in the districts of Rajouri in Jammu and Pulwama and Baramulla districts of Kashmir. Post distributing food and drinking water, CARE is distributing survival kits which consist of hygiene kits, tarpaulins, mats, blankets and solar lamps. In addition to survival kits, CARE India is also distributing dignity kits for women and adolescent girls.
On visiting the Duslipura village of Baramulla district, Kashmir; Dr. Muhammad Musa, CEO, CARE India said “I saw many apple orchards and paddy fields completely washed out. I strongly feel there is much more to do especially when winters’ are setting in. Loss of shelter along with livelihood options will be an emerging concern as families have lost everything in the floods and the remaining is of no use. Our teams need to work harder, and gear up to cater to this requirement. While we work towards stepping up our efforts I request our supporters to come forward in this time of need. ”
“CARE India plans to step up its immediate relief work to reach more lives in need. There are plans for a long term intervention for rehabilitation and recovery work including providing livelihoods options. We are also looking at catering to the needs of young, lactating or pregnant mothers as there is a significant number in the region” said Eilia Jafar, Head disaster management Unit, CARE India.
“CARE India is the first relief organisation that has reached us, till date no one has come to provide any relief to us, we are thankful to all the members of CARE India”- Mr. Gayan Chand, Sarpanch, Androlla Panchayat, Rajouri.
About CARE India
CARE has been working in India for over 60 years, focusing on ending poverty and social injustice. We do this through well-planned and comprehensive programmes in health, education, livelihoods and disaster preparedness and response. Our overall goal is the empowerment of women and girls from poor and marginalised communities leading to improvement in their lives and livelihoods. We are a full member of CARE International Confederation working in 86 countries for a world where all people live in dignity and security.