Outbreak of diarrhea is a major concern; priority is to provide basic facilities – food, water, shelter & sanitation materials
Oxfam is sending its teams to the flood affected areas of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh and their initial humanitarian support will reach almost 5000 homes in Chennai, Kanchipuram and Thiruvalu District of Tamil Nadu, along with Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh.
Oxfam identifies water and sanitation as the immediate need and water tankers are being arranged for supplies in Chennai. Other relief items will include washing and bathing soap, water purifying tablets, water containers, ORS, mosquito net and sanitary kits to the affected population.
The teams will be deployed across two locations, namely Chennai and Cuddalore. They will be working in coordination with local partners and other NGOs.
“Drainage and sewage system break down in such situations and an outbreak of water borne diseases is the looming concern. Apart from providing clean drinking water, once the rain stops, the biggest challenge will be cleaning of debris, de-silting and setting up emergency sanitation facilities,” said Zubin Zaman, Deputy Director, Humanitarian and DRR, Oxfam India.
Oxfam India’s Chief Executive, Nisha Agrawal said, “Oxfam’s team have been assessing the situation closely for the last month, but the rain in the last 48 hours has surpassed the capacity of local infrastructure and we all have to step in. The actual work will begin once the rain stops, Oxfam will be stationed in Tamil Nadu for the next 6 months.”