The state of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) received torrential rainfall in September 2014 that triggered flooding and landslides in several areas. Constant rains and landslides wreaked havoc and brought life to a standstill in the state, claiming more than 150 lives, inundating hundreds of villages and leaving millions stranded.
NGO: Sewa Bharti Jammu and Kashmir
IDRF partnered with NGO Sewa Bharti Jammu and Kashmir to implement a disaster response project for the affected communities, irrespective of caste or religion. The IDRF funded disaster response project for affected communities included both short and long‐term relief measures. Along with distribution of food and pherans (traditional woolen gowns)—to keep people warm through the winters, Sewa Bharti also distributed mobile stalls and goods, such as kangris (fire pots). In addition to supplies, relief to flood victims for the repair and construction of their damaged houses was provided both in the form of relief checks and construction materials. IDRF realized that self-reliance was the only way to somewhat stabilize the lives of the affected people. So in this regard, we sent financial grants to distribute mobile stalls including the goods for selling, so that the affected people could start earning their livelihood and bring their lives back on track.