Background: In July, 2017, Gujarat witnessed the torrential rain which has broken 112 years old record of highest rainfall in July it had set in 1905. Unlike historically when onset of monsoon caused either an active system emerging from Arabian Sea or Bay of Bengal lashing heavy rains, this year both the systems have been active and caused simultaneous low pressure over Gujarat. Area-wise, the highest rainfall has been witnessed by Banaskantha, Patan, Gandhinagar, Morbi, Surendranagar, Mehsana and Sabarkantha at 267 per cent, 208 per cent, 189 per cent, 174 per cent,
172 per cent, 130 per cent and 115 per cent, respectively.
The map shows the most affected areas of Banaskantha districts. Four blocks across two rivers (banas and sipu) were affected the most.
The team of Collectives of Integrated Livelihoods (CInI) and Coastal Salinity Prevention Cell (CSPC), both Associate organisations were actively involved in responding to the disaster. Following were the activities undertaken by the team:
- The team met the District Collector as well as Deputy Collector of one of the worst hit blocks i.e. Tharad. Set of 15 villages was suggested by the officials for relief engagements. It was decided to work in 10 villages (with around 3500 households) among these considering the connectivity as well as other constraints.
- The following the immediate need of the affected families were
- Drinking Water
- Kitchen materials to operationalize the kitchen
- Hygiene and health materials
- Health check-ups and treatment if possible
- Disposal of dead animals
- CSPC possessed a Mobile RO unit having capacity of 1000 Liters per Hour, which was dispatched immediately from Ahmedabad to project location.
- The team planned for the medical camps consultation with the Block Health Officer and medical camps were started in the villages suggested by officer.
- The group company disaster response forum – Gujarat (SPOC – TCL) had been in close coordination.
- 1200 kits were distributed in 2 days with an immediate response after identification of needs of the Households
- Medical Camps were done in consultation with the Block Health officer and by the team of doctors from Karamsad Medical college.Parallely, need for veterinary camps was identified and same was carried out by the paravets available in the following days.
- Team thoroughly worked in close coordination with District Official; Deputy Collector for Relief Work in Tharad block. The regular reporting included updates of the intervention and immediate action plan.