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Women receive supplies at a USAID/OFDA-funded seed fair in Odisha State, India.
Women receive supplies at a USAID/OFDA-funded seed fair in Odisha State, India.
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Key Developments

Heavy rainfall beginning on September 4 resulted in severe flooding and landslides in ten districts of northern India’s Jammu and Kashmir State, including Anantnag, Budgam, Jammu, Kulgam, Poonch, Pulwama, Rajuri, Reasi, Srinagar, and Udhampur districts. As of September 15, flooding and landslides had resulted in at least 295 deaths, affected more than 8.5 million people, and damaged or destroyed more than 131,000 houses, according to the Government of India (GoI). The GoI led the response efforts, deploying military, police and National Defense Response Force teams to conduct rescue operations and provide good, water, and relief commodities to flood-affected populations.

On September 15, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Kathleen Stephens declared a disaster due to the effects of the floods. In response, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) provided $250,000 through USAID/India to non-governmental organizations to procure and distribute emergency relief commodities for affected families in Jammu and Kashmir State.

Background

India is one of the world’s most hazard-prone countries, regularly experiencing cyclones, drought, earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, and landslides. These hazards threaten millions of lives and can cause large-scale financial, infrastructure, and agricultural losses. Recent major disasters include the Indian Ocean tsunami in December 2004 and the South Asia earthquake in October 2005. USAID/OFDA supports a number of regional and country-specific disaster risk reduction activities in India, including support for improving climate risk management in urban areas and building local disaster response capacity.

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Last updated: September 19, 2014

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