In June 2013, the state of Uttarakhand experienced heavy rainfall and multi-day cloudbursts which led to violent floods and landslides. Consisdered to be the worst calamity since the 2004 tsunami, the 2013 Himalayan floods claimed many lives and caused untold damage, while bringing to the fore the lack of readiness and disaster preparedness in the state.
EHA responded to this disaster within 24 hours in Tehri Garhwal district and other worst affected districts in the state namely Rudraprayag, Chamoli & Uttarkashi with emergency food & health aid.
In continuation of the emergency relief program, EHA launched a quick DRR program in all these 4 districts in the month of September 2013 with special focus on visible gaps that emerged after the disaster.
The HFDRR (Himalayan Floods Disaster Risk Reduction) project focussed on preparing communities, living in difficult and isolated terrain, by building-up their basic medical emergency response capacity, providing post disaster psychosocial care and initiating steps to link the communities with existing early warning mechanism in the state.
In this process, our effort was to pro-actively engage local organizations with the objective to enhance their existing capabilities; effectively linking them up with local institutions and district level disaster management authorities.
EHA was actively engaged with the state level disaster coordination process, right from the formation of the Sphere India IAG-Uttarakhand. EHA played a crucial role with the relief program reaching out to thousands of victims. We are glad to mention that EHA was awarded by the Honourable Chief Minister of Uttarakhand State for its contribution toward the relief program.
Individuals with disabilities are disproportionately affected in disaster emergency situations due to inaccessible evacuation and relief efforts including shelters, camps, food distribution & health etc. Common experiences reveal that persons with disabilities are more likely to be left behind or abandoned during the evacuation process. Most shelters and refugee camps are not prepared keeping in mind people with disabilities. Further, health camps are not well equipped either due to a perception that PWDs (persons with disabilities) need “complex medical” care.
Disruption to physical, social, economic, and environmental networks and support systems affect persons with disabilities much more than the general population. There is also a potential for discrimination on the basis of disability when resources are scarce.
Furthermore, the needs of persons with disabilities continue to be excluded during long-term recovery efforts, thus missing another opportunity to ensure disaster emergency responses are accessible and inclusively resilient to future disasters.
Main-streaming disability into disaster emergency responses entails making disability issues and persons with disabilities visible at the local and national level and in both government and nongovernment sectors. To ensure equal rights for all an action plan is essential.
The World Report on Disability released in 2011 identifies 15% of the globe’s population as consisting of people with a disability; with one in five people living in poverty in developing countries having some form of disability.
Emmanuel Hospital Association (EHA) along with its partner CBM responded to the flood disaster in Anantnag district of Kashmir, right from 17th September 2014 with health, water & sanitation and psychosocial care; covering more than 20 villages with special focus on persons with disabilities.
EHA worked very closely with local Disabled Peoples Organizations and the Anantnag District authorities (DC and CMO including Social Welfare Departments) along with Sphere India based in Srinagar to take the learning to the national level.
The focus is to help alleviate the suffering of persons with disabilities during disaster events.
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