I am very thankful to present our 10th report of the project - Rehabilitate 250 disabled children in India via GlobalGiving.
In the first week of August 2019, severe floods affected the southern Maharashtra of India due to unusual high rainfall during the monsoon season. As per experts’ review, this year’s flooding, has been far worse than the flooding of 2005. Low pressure, heavy rains, large discharge from dams was the main causes of the unprecedented flood. In Maharashtra, Sangli and Kolhapur are the two districts which badly affected by the flood. There was massive water logging and flood which lasted for almost ten days.
The Sangli town in Maharashtra and villages were flooded due to the overflowing of the Krishna river. Approximately 22 people from the district have lost their lives to the floods. In Kolhapur 08 tehsils were affected and 12 rivers were swollen by life threatening flood and minimum of 16 people lost their lives.
425 villages (321 in Kolhapur & 104 in Sangli), 669576 persons in 125285 households and 105481 livestock were affected. 1375 houses were fallen and 14991 were partially destroyed. To increase the suffering of the farmers, agriculture in 122532 hectares of land got completely destroyed.
One of our special schools, Pratiksha, Watul, Ratnagiri got inundated with flood water in the night and lot of damages to things and livestock were reported. The school also lost their occupational therapy room costing around 3.5 lakhas which was made possible by the help of many kind hearted donors. All the children and the staff are safe by grace of God.
More than two lakhs plus children and adolescent have been traumatized by this unprecedented flood and they are looking for interventions to lead a normal life. Loss of near and dear ones, documents, houses and belongings will surely make negative impact in the lives of children and youth.
From 15th August the Sangli Mission Society started doing flood relief in collaboration with Government departments, NGOs and community people after identifying the need of the people. The organization conducted a survey for the need assessment at the flood affected villages. On the basis of the survey we got to realize the beneficiaries. We were able to distribute materials which include food items, hygiene materials, utensils and educational materials in different villagers Sangli and Kolhapur districts like Halondi, Ingali, Kanwad, Ghalwad, Rajapur, Rajapurwadi, Khidrapur, Dhavali, Padmale, Dudhgaon, Mauje Digraj, Kurunthwad, Arjunwad, Haripur, Raman Mala, Aurwad , Gaurwad, Bhendavade, Vaddi, Mhaishal, Ankali, Juni Dhamni, etc; so far more than 4000 people got benefited. We are trying to give a helping hand to the affected marginalized communities through various sustainable interventions. Health and education are the two main areas we are focusing more.
We were with the little ones of humanity, traumatized by the unexpected tragedy that affected Sangli and Kolhapur.
We are helping the poor and the needy. There are so many people who have lost their houses. We are connecting them with philanthropic people. We are planning to post a project to thelp the flood affected shortly and hope all of you will come out to support the people who lost everything to the flood.
Let us come together to bring back the lost smiles!!!