UNICEF pro-active in Gujarat floods
Gujarat was lashed by unprecedented heavy rains since 21st June 2005, resulting in floods in
Normal life, including supply of power and drinking water was badly disrupted. Most of the rivers and dams were flowing above the danger mark, inundating prominent cities like Vadodara and
At the request of the Government, UNICEF has already supplied 150,000 ORS Packets and 5.0 million chlorine tablets, to be distributed amongst the families.Manjula Ba and Ramil Ba of Antroli village in Kheda district felt relieved that with the ORS packets supplied by UNICEF, they would be able to save the life of their child who was suffering from diarrhea because of contaminated drinking water.
Similarly, Shiana Bano of Matar, which is one of the worst hit
With no downpour in the last 24 hours and the flood situation returning to normal, international NGOs like Oxfam GB, CARE, Action Aid and CRS have come forward to assess the situation and identify gaps in flood relief. However, the rail link between Ahmedabad-Baroda continues to remain disrupted.
Families are moving back from temporary camps and the Government has reportedly distributed Rs 20 million as cash assistance to the affected families. NGOs and NRIs also continue to supplement relief measures. UNICEF, apart from airlifting 400,000 antibiotic capsules and handing them over to the health department, is also procuring additional quantities of ORS, chlorine tablets, 25,000 kgs of bleaching powder, antibiotics, communication material and video spots as requested by Government. Nine UNICEF staff of Gujarat Office are out in the worst affected districts to assess the situation and the need for any specific interventions for children.