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).
ADRA was involved in identified the basic lifesaving needs soon after relief operations began from 20th Oct 2014. ADRA India Emergency Management Team (EMT) responded with enormous support given by the district and the local administration. The local leaders were very supportive and involved themselves in selecting the beneficiaries and during the distribution.
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.
The objective of this meeting was to explore different alternatives on how to bring a durable solution to the situation of many families living in the refugee camps, along with their expectations of the future.
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.
The intensity of cyclone prevailed for 6 hours after landfall. There has been extensive damage to houses, some damage to old buildings, large-scale disruption of power and communication lines and disruption of rail and road traffic due to extensive damage and some flooding. According to preliminary assessment, the death toll is 24 persons.
The ADRA India team was positioned in Visakhapatnam of Andhra Pradesh on Friday the 10th of October, where the cyclone made landfall and carried out field assessments from the 13th onwards.