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Written by Gladwin Bol.

Heavy monsoon rains began on September 2, 2014 in Jammu and Kashmir region leading to heavy flooding.  On past September 3 a border security officer and five others were killed in landslides and flash floods triggered by heavy rains in the Jammu region.  The Jammu and Kashmir government sounded a flood alert for the state on September 4 after three days that incessant rain had flooded 23 villages.  By September 6 the flooding was recognised as the worst in 50 years and the death toll had risen to 150. (September 11 reports claimed that it was the worst flood in 109 years).

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A discussion was organised by ADRA India, Tata Institute of Social Science and Danish Refugee Council on October 27th, on the topic “Exploring Durable Solutions for Sri Lankan and Tamil Refugees in India” at the India International Centre in Delhi.

The situation in Sri Lanka and the southern part of India has affected many families in different ways. ADRA India, along with other organisations are working together to help the refugees to improve their lives.

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Cyclone HudHud made landfall on the 12th of October 2014, between 12h00 and 13h00 near Vishakhapatnam with sustained wind speeds of 170-180 km/h, and gusting to 195 km/h. The peak storm surge was 1.2 meters (effectively 2.3 meters as it took place during high tide), inundated low-lying areas of Vishakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts of North Andhra Pradesh at the time of landfall.

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 Turichirapally, Tamil Nadu. - With great enthusiasm for the last project cycle achievements and the new project perspectives, the Sri Lankan Refugee Team in Tamil Nadu is meeting today and tomorrow to receive orientation on the goals, objectives and activities of the new funded by the US Secretary of State through its Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration Department.

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Lhingzahat is a differently abled single woman of 66 years old and a victim of domestic violence. She used to stay with her brother and his family. After the death of her brother, she was tortured and threatened by the sister-in-law and asked to left the home. She is also a victim of conflict. Twice displaced along with her sister-in-law who now doesn’t want to take care of her.  On 2nd  August 2014, she had to leave the because her sister in-law threatened to kill her if she stayed longer.

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Written by Samuel David.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Everyone is talented but some people don’t obtain opportunities in expressing them’. Opportunity Evening was one such event in creating opportunities for talented Sri Lankan Tamil Refugees held on 22nd August 2014 in Chennai, organized by ADRA India.

The event brought together a wide range of Stakeholders including the state Government, representatives from corporate, think tanks, Social entrepreneurs, research scholars and media to interact and create opportunities for the Sri Lankan Tamil Refugee community. Eminent Guests including officials from Department of Rehabilitation Tamil Nadu Government, Consulate General of Australia, officials from the consulate of United States of America, Representatives from UNHCR and leaders from corporate.

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 Flood waters engulfed vast areas of the delta region of Mahanadi river system in Odisha. More than 4.8 lakh people in over 460 villages were still left marooned in the delta region of Mahanadi river system, while many areas were still submerged by flood water of Baitarani river.

Different parts of the state, mainly northern region were lashed by rain under the influence of a low pressure but the intensity was low and the weather is unlikely to aggravate the flood scenario.

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Teaching skills that enable people to contribute to their community is so important in developing a country’s potential capacity. One example of this, is the three months Sewing Training course supported by ADRA India and offered to women who have never sewn before. Hand-driven sewing machines are purchased by the project, and the ladies are taught how to cut patterns, sew and to finish off the item of clothing. They meet at least one day a week in the community, and the teachers are women from the communities. There have been some wonderful benefits to the whole community as a result of the sewing training programs. The women have developed so much confidence, and are much happier. There have been many testimonies of improved home lives as the women contribute financially to the household and feel so proud of what they have achieved. Another benefit is the positive impact the courses have had to change the negative attitude of many fathers and sons towards women and girls. Hopefully this will ultimately ensure that families experience peace and joy, and family members live with respect for each other.

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ECHO Delhi Office representatives Davide Zappa and Talha Jamal visited the Humanitarian Assistance Livelihood Support Project that ADRA is implementing in Barpeta District, Assam on May 19-21, 2014. This tour started with an interview with the Deputy Commissioner (DC). The DC reiterated that Barpeta is one of the most flood prone districts of Assam and acknowledged ADRA’s presence in the areas and the responses since 2012. The harmonized Disaster Preparedness Model (DPM) was acknowledged by the DC. He also reported that there is significant local capacity and strength within the community to face future disasters. An early warning is sent to the district and local officers 24 to 48 hours before the disaster.

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