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July 17, 2013

Program Update: 

Baseline and Household assessment completed in four villages (Badashaw, Semtra(Lawra), Dever, Tinsoli). The assessments of other seven villages are in final stages of completion. Psycho-Social support and Preliminary Counseling have been given to 10 casualty Family members in Badashaw and Bansu Villages.





Relief Distribution – Planning and Discussion

Village level Disaster Management Committees (VDMC) are expected to become functional by 17th July. Relief distribution spot has been identified. IGSSS ERT met Special DM of Gupkashi, SDM Guptakashi, BDO Guptakashi to brief them about the relief distribution plan. 





Challenges Faced

Regular erratic rain, frequent load shedding and lack of communication services hampering the mobility of the team and coordination for relief distribution


HR Update: 

Six local Volunteers and Field Coordinator are identified and will resume the relief work. Volunteers are given basic orientation about their work and responsibilities.



Meeting With Uttarakhand Chief Minister Mr. Vijay Bahuguna

Chief Minister Mr. Vijay Bahuguna met the group of NGOs working in Uttarakhand for relief work and apprised them about the major steps taken by the government and shared the latest assessment report on the ground situatio. The NGOs shared updates on the relief distribution work carried out during the previous week and highlighted the issue of lack of coordination between state and district administration in the field.


The Chief Minister agreed to the suggestion from NGOs of having a nodal office at the State and District level for better coordination along with the state Inter Agency Group (IAG). He accepted that the communication and transportation of relief material is a critical issue and steps would be taken to make them effective.


IAG Coordinator shared the process and approach of the relief intervention under the umbrella of SPHERA India. It was also elaborated that the post-relief, rehabilitation would be prime focus as needs such as shelter, community assets and livelihood opportunities have had the maximum impact.


SPHERE India stressed on the need to form a multi-sector team for assessment for which the Terms of Reference will be developed. It was also felt that orientation to the volunteers for data collection is a crucial part and NGOs should do a proper briefing before sending the teams to the field.



Multi-Sectoral Joint Assessment

Inter Agency coordination subcommittee of Sphere India met last week and decided to initiate preparations for Multi Sectoral Joint Assessment focusing on mid-term response and early recovery needs. The sectoral subcommittees were activated and initiated the preparations for their respective sectors as per the ground realities and need for particular sector. Each sectoral group came up with the defined terms of reference, format for collection of data and decide on timeline for completion of sectoral assessment. Sphere India will coordinate to bring the synergy between different sectors through Inter Agency Coordination subcommittee and compilation of detailed multi sectoral assessment report.