Bihar Floods 2019

Tens of millions of people in India’s northern state of Bihar were badly affected by the storms and floods caused by heavy monsoon rains. Thousands of villages were flooded and people rendered homeless. Several people lost their lives, thousands of animals swept away and croplands submerged due to floodwaters. IDRF promptly launched the disaster relief and rehabilitation programs through its reputable partner-NGO: Manav Seva Sansthan (MSS) and decided to send 100% of the donations received for flood victims.

NGO: Manav Seva Sansthan

IDRF’s partner-NGO Manav Seva Sansthan has past experience and extensive knowledge of the Madhubani district, where several villages faced the worst impacts. MSS targeted three blocks of the district that were severely affected due to heavier rains and remote locations in the foothills of the Himalayas. Even though the local government agencies sent help, there were several remote areas where it took longer for their teams to get to the victims. With the help of generous donors, IDRF was able to raise funds and provide Relief Kits to 150 poor families. These Relief Kits included: personal hygiene items, candles, non-perishable food items like lentils, flour, rice, oil, spices, etc.

NGO team packing 150 Relief Kits for flood victims

Distribution of Relief Kits to 150 poor families

People taking the Relief Kits back to their villages

Due to stagnant waters for several weeks, the water-bodies in the area got contaminated and people were using that water to drink and cook, thus, resulting in skin and gastrointestinal diseases. Access to health centers was disrupted due to damage to roads and the situation was particularly serious for children and pregnant women. In order to provide urgent health-care services, IDRF supported five Mobile Health Camps in the worst affected areas. Free medical checkups and distribution of medicines were done for the poor flood victims. In addition, 75 hand pumps were repaired and the water supply was restored in them for use by the local people. These low-depth hand pumps were also chlorinated to provide water for drinking and other household uses.

Free checkups and medicines for poor flood victims

IDRF also started a program to rehabilitate 150 families in Madhubani district whose only means of livelihood is small scale agriculture. These families were provided high-quality seeds of high yielding crops like wheat and potatoes, etc. to start over again.

In addition, the following items were also provided to 150 poor families who have lost all their belongings due to the floods:

Item Quantity (per household)
Quilts (for winter uses) 2
Water filters (manually operated) 1
Emergency lights (solar-powered) 1
Mosquito nets 2

Rehabilitation and livelihood support provided to 150 poor households

Quilts, water filters, solar emergency lights, and mosquito nets, etc. for 150 flood-affected families