India Floods – 500,000 Affected in Manipur

Wide areas of India have been affected by severe flooding since July this year. During the last few days, fatalities have been reported in Rajasthan, West Bengal, Odisha and Manipur.

The north-eastern state of Manipur suffered from landslides on Saturday 01 August 2015, where at least 20 people were killed after heavy rain triggered a landslide in the north-eastern state of Manipur. All 12 houses of the village of Joumul village in Chandel district were buried.

Since then it is thought that the heavy rain and flooding have continued. The European Commission’s Humanitarian aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) say that floods in the state are the worst in 200 years.

However, exact information about the affected areas is limited. Much of the flooded areas is still cut off due to disruption in roads and telephone network. Bridges have been washed away and embankment breaches have cut off many villages.

Earlier today, ECHO reported the following:

“Over 500 000 people are considered to have been affected; the precise number is not yet known, as much of the affected areas is still cut off due to disruption in roads and telephone network.

“Detailed impact assessment is ongoing, although with access constraints. The most urgent needs are mainly: food, shelter, drinking water, NFIs and basic medicines. Government response is still limited, in terms of geographical areas, and only rice is being distributed”.

ECHO has a team in the field assessing the humanitarian situation in the affected areas.

Myanmar Floods Update

Manipur state borders parts of Myanmar, which is struggling with one of the worst flooding disasters to affect the country.

The latest reports from the UN say that the floods have affected 259,000 people in 12 states and regions. The death toll currently stands at 69 people, and 39,474 families have been displaced. UN OCHA in Myanmar say that these numbers may increase further as assessments proceed.