The situation: unprecedented pre-monsoon rainfall and increased flows from the upstream Meghalaya hills in India has breached already-damaged embankments, destroying 200,000 hectares of rice ready to be harvested. Many are saying that this is the worst crop damage in recorded history. The region produces 18% of the nation’s rice and accounts for 6% of GDP.
Flash floods are a yearly phenomenon, but this year the water came three weeks ahead of schedule, leaving no time to harvest crops. The region has a single agricultural season and locals rely on this harvest for their year-long supply of staple food. In a triple blow for farmers, an estimated 2000 tonnes of fish and 3844 ducks also died - leaving families with no significant source of livelihood until next year's harvest.
70,000 families are receiving food and cash support
6,500 families are receiving fodder support
Livestock vaccination camps are being facilitated in coordination with government authorities
Students will soon receive midday meals in schools to improve attendance and ensure adequate nutrition