Reckoning over 2.4 million children might have affected by the recent floods in India, UNICEF called for direct support, resources, and innovative programs to address the challenge.
“This time flood is common, but heavy scale flood during mid-July is uncommon. In India, over 6 million people across Bihar, Assam, Odisha, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal have been affected by the floods, including an estimated 2.4 million children,” it said. UNICEF is working with the government and partners to react effectively and quickly.
Jean Gough, UNICEF Regional Director for South Asia said “In any event, for a locale that is very acquainted with the overwhelming effect of extraordinary climate, the ongoing substantial rainstorm downpours, rising floods and preceded with avalanches are making an ideal tempest for children and families influenced.”
She further added in her statement, “The COVID-19 pandemic and containment and prevention measures add an additional complication to the mix, as COVID-19 cases are accelerating in some of the affected areas.”
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Gough said the fall-out from the COVID-19 pandemic is being compounded by climate change and extreme weather events and is arguably the biggest issue affecting children in South Asia right now.
The flood circumstance in Assam has declined as more regions have been immersed, influencing almost 28 lakh individuals of 26 areas of the state. The floods asserted two additional lives on Friday, taking the state loss of life to 95. As indicated by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), the two people passed on from suffocating.
The 26 districts that have been seriously influenced because of the floods incorporate Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Sonitpur, Biswanath, Darrang, Baksa, Nalbari, Barpeta, Chirang, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, South Salmara, Goalpara, Kamrup, Kamrup (Metro), Morigaon, Nagaon, Golaghat, Jorhat, Majuli, Sivasagar, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, West Karbi Anglong and Cachar.
As indicated by the ASDMA, 212 dikes, 182 extensions, ducts, and 1,720 streets have been harmed by floodwaters over the state. About 10 lakh families occupied with cultivating said their croplands have been totally wrecked by the flood. Maninama Sudra, 42, is a rancher living in the Kampur Longjap zone in Assam’s Nagaon area. Sudra said he has lost everything because of the floods.”I had developed paddy crops in my 25 bigha land, however it has been totally demolished after the floodwaters lowered my croplands. Presently I am absolutely defenseless,” Maninama Sudra said.
In Bihar, the cost mounted to 72 from 56 on Tuesday and around 73.44 lakh individuals in 14 locales were influenced by the floods, activated by perpetual downpours in Nepal and the northern pieces of the state. Anirudh Kumar, an extraordinary secretary, state debacle the executive’s division, said Gopalgunj was the most recent locale to be hit by the floods, which had overwhelmed 110 squares and 1,151 panchayats.