Uttarakhand Updates

July 11, 2013


The IGSSS Emergency Response Team (ERT) has finalized 11 villages for Short-Term Emergency Humanitarian Relief in Uttarakhand. The List of villages is as follows:
















Scheduled Caste      




250 130 0 70 180


160 110 0 35 125



104 7 40 80



160 0 60 160


250 175 24 0 250


180 105 4 0 180


160 130 5 0 160


60 60 0 0 60


250 130 3 80 170

Semthra (Lwara)

130 130 0 130 0


130 90 5 65 65


  1910 1324 48 480 1430


Besides providing relief materials such as Water Filter (PureIt), Water Storage, Hygiene and Sanitation Kits, Family Kitchen Set and Blankets, the IGSSS team will also provide psycho-social support to the affected families. Moreover, awareness training on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) will also be provided.  The relief materials distribution will begin next week.




July 10, 2013




A family tends to its routine chores through incessant rainfall, looming landslide and a withered road which is in the process of reconstruction. 




Shambu Prasad Bhatt, a local social worker from Vijaynagar village was sharing that the roads connecting  the villages are completely damaged and the local administration  along with the civil society organisations should work immediately towards restoring the same. 




The road connecting her village with the market was completely washed away. She now needs to travel 10kms everyday through difficult hilly terrains to collect basic amenities. This old lady is differently abled (dumb) but through her gestures she conveyed her gratitude when the team made an effort to strike a conversation to understand her issues. 




A shop cum residence completely destroyed at the Vijaynagar market complex,Rudraprayag block. 



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The Emergency Response Team (ERT) interacts with the villagers during the Need Assessment Survey of affected families at Vijaynagar, Rudraprayag block.  




Life turned upside down… a thought that is running through their heads as the community members look at the remnants of a market complex which is now completely submerged by the river Mandakini at Vijaynagar, Rudraprayag block. 




July 9, 2013


IGSSS has finalized its first phase of relief distribution in the 11 villages of Ukhimath block in Agastya Muni Sub-division, Rudraprayag District. The relief aid comprising water filter, water storage container, kitchen set and hygiene and sanitation kits will be distributed within the next one week.


IGSSS is also carrying out Water and Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Awareness meetings in 10 villages. Simultaneously baseline and need assessment survey of three more tehsils is being carried out by the Emergency Response Team.



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July 7, 2013


Rudraprayag: Incessant rains and frequent landslides in Ukhimath Tehsil have hampered the ongoing relief operations. The villages have become inaccessible and people are living in constant fear of another disaster. People are in urgent need of basic necessities as relief has not reached to the remote villages. The worsen weather conditions have further impacted the mobility of Emergency Response Team (ERT).


Civil Society Initiatives Landslides

Even though the road conditions are still worse,

civil society organisations are reaching out to the

beneficiaries treading through the difficult terrains.

Ruins from the landslide that occurred during

the Uttarakhand Flash Flood.


Ukhimath Tehsil, due to its inaccessibility, is one of the worst affected areas. The ERT moved towards Ukhimath Tehsil to identify the villages and families in need. THDC India Ltd, providing logistic support to IGSSS, have been requested to provide food grains for the families. The procurement process have begun, ERT is meeting with the representatives of Christian Aid to discuss the procurement and relief distribution plan.


The IGSSS Emergency Response Team also met Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) of Augustamuni Block, Local Memebr of Legislative Assembly (MLA) and the Special SDM of Rudraparayag DM Office and apprised them of the current situation. The DM Office advised IGSSS to work in Ukhimath Tehsil and extended its support. IGSSS has been formally included as a relief agency working in Rudraprayag District.


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July 4, 2013

IGSSS has received monetary commitments from MISEREOR and Christian Aid to support the relief work for first 45 days in Augastmuni Block in Rudraprayag District. The support also covers the setting up of the base at Rudraprayag. Meanwhile our second batch of ERT team is about to reach Augastmuni to initiate the ground work for relief distribution.


In the field, THDC India is providing logistic and other support to the IGSSS ER Team. 


IGSSS has also received donation request from individuals in India and overseas. IGSSS thanks MISEREOR, Christian Aid and people for extending their support.


July 3, 2013

The Follow up IGSSS ERT team is leaving for Agastmuni Block in Rudraprayag District, Uttarakhand on July 4. The objective of the team is to set up the base at Agastmuni and to prepare for relief and rehabilitation work.


Plan for the first 45 days:

IGSSS plans to carry out detailed ”need” assessment followed by NFI kit distribution and awareness workshop on WASH. The NFI kit will cover the immediate needs of people such as bedding (plastic mats, dari, bed-sheet, blankets); utensils (kadai, rice bowl, roti tawa, plate, glass, cooking & serving spoon); WASH kit (50 litres bucket with lid, laundry and bathing soap, antiseptic liquid, water purifying tabs, etc) and for temporary shelter, Tarpaulins (120 GSM 24*18 feet) will be distributed to the affected families.


Way Forward

IGSSS plans to work on psycho-social support, livelihood building as well as rehabilitation issues of the affected families such as compensation, land acquisition, right to education, food and work by involving national and state human rights commission. IGSSS also plans to work on Disaster Risk management in collaboration with SDMA.



July 1, 2013

The Initial Assessment of the Emergency Response Team (Excerpts)


The districts that have been affected are Uttarkashi, Chamoli, Rudraprayag Tehri and Pithoragarh.




 The IGSSS team visited the Tehri-Garhwal, Rudraprayag district during 26-28 June 2013 and carried out discussions with District Magistrate, Sub Divisional Magistrate, Block Development Office, local Community Based Organisations and local people including affected persons. The team made observations, held group discussions with people. Rapid assessment was done for both these districts.


The villages visited as part of the assessment in Tehri-Garhwal district on 27th June, 2013 are the following:  Narandranagar town (Old capital of Tehri), AgraKhal, Gazakheri, Nagiri, Chamba town, New Tehri, Baurari, Tepri, Okhargoan, Nandgaon, Pipuldali, Gadolia, Asina, Patagali, Kilkhi, Ghansali, Sendul, Chimiala, Lata, Chatiara, Budhakedar.




Cloud burst with heavy rains followed by land slide and rock fall in certain pockets affected the agri-land of some families. But no major infrastructure destruction was found except for seven houses that have been washed away. People reported that they have received an early warning and managed to shift from the place. There was no report of any causality though roads are found damaged in some areas.


The villages and Tehsil areas visited under Rudraprayag District on 28th June, as a part of the assessment are Chirpatiya, Mayali, Tuneta, Lavdi, Tilwada, Rampur, Phaladi, Saurgarh, Vijaynagar, Silli Sera, and Agastmuni.


Heavy infrastructural damage, property loss, loss of agricultural land, business (Shops hotels, etc) which is one of the main alternative economies of the villagers have been reported. The sudden flood has also washed away several government institutions like, schools, land revenue office, insurance office, PDS shops, community halls etc. Other than this the major damages have occurred to the roads and bridges, which has caused disconnectivity of the villages as well as the service providers resulting in the delay in relief and rescue operations. As per the government reports there are very little causalities reported but the information received from local sources estimates that there could be high possibilities of deaths of human life as there are people missing that have not been found yet. There are also reports of livestock’s missing.


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Detailed Assessment of Agastmuni Block

The three Tehsils under Agastmuni Block of Rudraprayag district which has also been severely affected are Rudraprayag, Ukhimat, and Jagoli.


  • Relief Ration – It has been found that the govt is providing immediate relief to the affected people in Agastmuni block as the roads connectivity has been restored up-to Vijay Nagar village. However the villages above Vijaynagar to Guptkashi under Agastmuni block and villages under other two Tehsils have not yet received any relief services due to absence of roads and bridges. The relief materials provided by the govt are the following: 10 kg rice, 2 kg dal, spices, salt 1 kg, sugar-500 gm, biscuit-4 packs, drinking water, tea leaf, mustard oil, plates/glasses (1 set) per family/per week.
  • Health Services – Insufficient health services has been reported by people. As there are complaints of diarrhea, vomiting, skin diseases as of now.
  • Immediate Road Construction – It has been found Road construction is given a high priority by government, however the frequent rain falls followed by landslides and rock falls are delaying the rebuilding process.
  • Relief camps – It has been found that out of two relief camps in Agastmuni, one camp for the pilgrims has been evacuated. However the villagers who have lost their houses are sheltering in one camp.
  • NGOs visited the area – It has been reported by the SDM and BDO of Agastmuni that the following NGOs Ramkrishna Mission, Sahantikunj, Cosmic Orange, Asram Harimandir, Pataudi Gudgoan, Believers Church have distributed some food items to the affected people in the relief camps to the Pilgrims. 


WASH – contamination of water sources:

There is a suspected contamination of the drinking sources. As most local villagers depend upon natural springs for drinking water, and with many dead bodies still unattended in the Kedarnath valley, it may be possible that their decay is leading to the contamination of water. A number of people from local villagers have been complaining of diarrhea and vomiting according to ITBP doctors who have set up camps in the area. Hence, access to clean drinking water has emerged as one of the crucial issues that will need to be tackled.


Sanitation & Toilets:

With complete loss of habitat, there is a tremendous pressure to deal with sanitation issues. Lack of toilets leading to open defecation adds further to the situation at hand. It becomes a matter of concern for the already vulnerable women and girl child population and needs immediate attention.


Loss of habitat and personal belongings:

Houses in the villages have collapsed or washed away and the people have been left with little or no personal possessions. Living in high altitudes, monsoons spell the change in the weather with the nights getting colder, especially if the people have no cover. Inclement weather and the fact that they lack a roof over their heads also mean that they are completely exposed to the vagaries of nature.

Lack of bedding/shelter provision including sleeping mats, tarpaulins and mosquito nets for all families is another area of concern as reported by families living in the affected areas.


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Most of the local community, especially those that were near the shrine, were completely dependent upon the religious tourism/other tourism industry for their livelihood. With this sector being severely affected, due to the complete breakdown of communication and the roads network, the most vulnerable members of the community will be the worst affected. Cash for work could be an option where provision of cash remuneration for clearing up debris, reconstructing habitation could be one immediate solution.


June 27, 2013

IGSSS has activated an Emergency Response Team (ERT) and approved INR 10 lakhs for immediate response to the Uttarakhand Flash Flood Victims. It has deputed the ERT for initial assessment to Haridwar, Uttarakhand.

Based on the initial information gathered from the Inter Agency Group – Uttarakhand (IAG-UK) and Sphere India, there is an immediate requirement of Hygiene kits, Dignity Kits and basic necessities such as blankets, mosquito nets, solar lights and torches and biscuits etc for more than 3000 families.