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Much more relief needed in Rajouri and Poonch: Save the Children

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Initial assessment reveals immediate need for creating road access, provision of blankets, ration, water and medical support.

Jammu: Save the Children’s humanitarian response teams have carried out rapid assessment for Rajouri and Poonch districts in Jammu on September 12 and 13, 2014 which highlight that many pockets of the districts continue to be in dire need for relief support.

Except the initial support from the State Government and Armed forces in relocation, the villagers have received very little support from any other private agencies. With most relief efforts being diverted towards the areas visible in the media, there are chances victims from these interior and hilly regions might get ignored, Save the Children warns.

Areas like Gambhir Mogla, Kotli and Galoti have been cut off from Rajouri due to major landslides on roads connecting them with the town. Around 240 families in this vicinity have lost their houses to landslides and have taken shelter in schools or with their relatives. With little access to the main markets, there is scarcity of ration in these villages. With the damaged water resources, many villagers are forced to drink adulterated water – which could cause fever and diarrhoea. Children are becoming easy prey for these diseases and it could prove fatal with the limited access to medical services.

Similarly, in Poonch city, Surankot, Chandak Bela and Kalani areas, there are over 600 families displaced due to landslides, taking refuge in government and community camps. These families are in immediate need of water, ration and blankets at the camp sites. Some of these families will also require long-term support in rebuilding their houses and for raising their housholds again.

Some immediate relief efforts required in these areas are:

1. Immediate measures required to establish road connectivity and restore electricity in Rajouri and Poonch
2. Provision for safe drinking water, ration and food appropriate for children
3. Provision of tents and blankets
4. Immediate need for medical camps.

Save the Children is planning to carry out a further detailed village-wise assessment in Rajouri and Poonch districts along with other Inter Agency Group members. Save the Children will be intensifying its relief work in these areas, as well as in the affected districts in Kashmir.

As of now, Save the Children has provided 5000 dry food packets to State Government in Jammu to be airlifted to Srinagar. 110 food packets were provided to victims who have taken shelter at Kargil House in Jammu. The NGO has delivered two truck-loads of relief item (tents, blankets, thermal for children, plastic sheets, water filters and hygiene kits) from Leh to Srinagar. 15 tents and one Child Friendly Space (a tented area meant for providing a safe haven for children during calamities) has been set up at Islamia College Camp at Hawal, Srinagar. 30 families are taking shelter in these 15 tents. 73 families were provided with relief material such as Raymond blankets, thermal wear for children, plastic sheets, hygiene kits and water filters at this camp.

Please visit www.savethechildren.in for more information and call 040 – 49100222 for making a donation to support flood relief in J&K.
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For further information please contact Devendra Tak (mobile: 9811168488; email: d.tak@savethechildren.in) or Valay Singh in Srinagar (v.singh@savethechildren.in) on mobile 9811679704 or Nilesh Nikade in Jammu on mobile 9922935950 (n.nikade@savethechildren .in)

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