Save the Children’s J&K team has been stuck in the flooded Raj Bagh area of Srinagar and communication with team members and partners’ staff across the state has broken down completely. “We are eager to get out and assist in the rescue and relief work, our movement is restricted due to the grim situation,” said Thomas Chandy, CEO of Save the Children, who assured that his organisation would make an ‘all out effort” to support the state government to reach out to children and their families in the state. He mentioned that apart from protection, children’s nutrition and health of newborns/infants and young mothers and pregnant women are “immediate priorities” whereas long-term impact could also be on education and need for psycho-social support. Save the Children has a Child-Friendly Space initiative that can be launched to support children, especially in the secluded villages.
Several parts of Srinagar are flooded after the river Jhelum breaks embankments and people are fleeing their homes, which puts children especially at risk, given the fact that they are less able to fend for themselves in such a chaotic situation. Omar Abdullah, chief minister of J&K, claimed, “We are trying our best to reach you.” While the army helipads near the flood- affected areas are not operational at this point, Prime Minister Narender Modi is expected to visit Jammu to review the situation. The J&K state government today confirmed that the “situation is improving in Jammu and worsening in Kashmir”. The CM was quoted by media, “We are doing our best to reach all of you (who are affected)” while he implored people to move to upper floors of their houses or to higher ground till help arrived.
Save the Children is mountaing a rapid humanitarian response to provide immediate relief to the first 500 households across the first three districts. Progressively, SC will also gear up to support next 1,000 households in a few days. Tarpaulins, Hygiene Kits, Blankets and Tents will be provided in this rapid action. Save the Children will mount a full-scale Child Centred Humanitarian response targeting the most vulnerable children, women and communities.
Save the Children works in J&K and 15 other states of India and apart from its humanitarian work, it concentrates on issues related to education, health and protection of the most marginalized children. Please visit www.savethechildren.in for more information and call 040 – 49100222 for making a donation to support flood relief in J&K.
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