Floods in Bihar, 2008
August of 2008 brought one of the most devastating floods in India, to the state of Bihar. It was the worst the state had seen in 50 years. The flooding of the Kosi submerged 6,000 villages in 19 districts, leaving over 3 million people homeless. Close to 15 million people were affected directly. Crops were destroyed, cattle were swept away and livelihoods lost.
A relief team of six from HOPE foundation travelled to Araria, one of the worst affected areas, in September.
- Distribution of 200 kg of rice, 250 kg of chewra (dry pre-cooked flat rice), 20 kg of dry soya chunks, 200 kg of potatoes and 25 kg of sugar in Tuthi village which had been severely hit by the flood. The people here had been living on nothing but the river water for days; they had been unable to go to the relief camps. We also distributed mosquito nets, towels and saris.
- Care of women who had had just delivered and their newborn babies in the relief shelters camps.
- Non-formal classes for children who were unable to go back to school immediately because their schools had been destroyed.