UNICEF relief material reaches children in Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh
By Vikas Verma
Kurnool –July 05, 2007
Monsoons, a highly anticipated event in the Indian weather calendar, surprised everyone with its early arrival this year. Its early onset over southern India last month with excessive downpour for four continuous days left the state of Andhra Pradesh in disarray with 41 human deaths and about 10,000 cattle deaths reported from 10 districts.
The worst hit was Kurnool district where 350,000 people were badly affected. 51 relief camps were temporarily opened for the affected population. 106 cattle camps were set up to provide shelter to 83,600 cattle. The loss to property was estimated at over 100 million US $. Almost 50,000 huts were washed away and an equal number of houses submerged. Some 60,000 children lost their school material.
Immediately after the floods, the District Administration distributed food, water, bread and milk packets. They also distributed cash compensation to those whose houses were damaged. 263 medical teams were operational in the District to monitor and provide medical help.
UNICEF responded to the request of the district administration with timely supply of water tankers, blankets, chloroscopes and notebooks. UNICEF arranged for 15 tankers to supply 10 litres of safe water per capita for 8 days to 60,000 people in Kallur area of Kurnool district. 50 chloroscopes for water quality monitoring were also rushed in to assist the district administration.
In addition 60,000 note books have been handed over to District Collector on July 3rd. 10,000 blankets and 120,000 pencils are expected to reach Kurnool any time now.
Mr. M. Dana Kishore, District Collector Kurnool appreciated UNICEF's timely assistance. He said “The supply of notebooks and blankets to the poor and needy children affected by the flash floods in Kurnool will be distributed directly to the children. This will not only help them get back to normalcy but also reinforce that they are not alone and there are people caring for them in their hour of need.”
With monsoon set to continue for next 2 months the floods once again underlined the fact that it pays to be prepared for unexpected emergencies.
With inputs from HFO Colleagues Ms. Anitha Abraham and Mr. Vijay Gawade from the field.