Maharashtra Flood 2021

Heavy rains from the 21st of July have triggered high-intensity floods and landslides, in several regions of Konkan and western Maharashtra. This includes the 10 districts of Raigad, Kolhapur, Sangli, Satara, Ratnagiri, Palghar, Thane, Sindhurgadh, Pune, Wardha and Mumbai (Suburban).

The Army, Navy, Air Force, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), and the Maharashtra Police have been deployed for relief and evacuation efforts. 2.29 lakh people have been evacuated so far. The death toll has risen to 207 with Raigad reporting the highest number of deaths at 95, followed by Satara (45) and Ratnagiri (35).

Based on our consultations on-ground, we understand that the effects have been severe. 259 relief camps have been set up by the Maharashtra State Government for temporary shelter. With a large number of roads and major highways shut, and power supply interrupted, relief operations have been a challenge. However, once rescue operations are complete, families will now require our ongoing support to tide over this crisis and rebuild their lives.

United Way Mumbai’s approach to disaster response includes immediate relief, as well as mid-term and long term rehabilitation of affected communities. With your support, we can stand #UnitedForMaharashtra.

Immediate Relief

DAILY FOOD ESSENTIALS

With lakhs of individuals displaced from their homes, affected families are in need of basic food essentials for their daily needs. Families will be provided with dry ration kits including items such as Rice (5 Kg), Wheat Flour (5 Kg), Tur Dal (1 Kg), Moong Dal (1 Kg), Chana (500 Gms), White Dried Peas (500 Gms), Dry Snacks (500 Gms), Chilli Powder (500 Gms), Turmeric (250 Gms), Salt (1 Kg), Sugar ( 1 Kg),  Cooking Oil (2 Litres), Tea Powder (250 Gms). The quantities provided in these kits will be sufficient to last a family of 4 to 5 members for 15 days at the least. 

The cost of food essentials kit for a family is INR 1710.

HYGIENE

Inundation and lack of toilet facilities pose the threat of the spread of diseases amongst affected families. Providing hygiene supplies will help mitigate this risk. A hygiene kit for a family includes Bathing Soap (2), Detergent Powder (1), Floor Disinfectant (1), Sanitary Napkins (1), Towels (2), Combs (1), Nail Cutter (1) Bucket with lid and Mug (1), Hand Sanitizer (100 ml), Reusable Cloth Masks (5), Toothpaste (1), Toothbrush(5)

The cost of one hygiene kit for a family is INR 1515.

HOUSEHOLD ITEMS

Families that have lost their belongings or been displaced can be helped through the provision of the following household items, as they rebuild their homes. These kits will include tarpaulin sheets (1), floor mats (1), mosquito coil (1 packet), candles (1 packet), matchboxes (1 packet), chlorine tablets (1 packet) as per the needs of the family.

The cost of one household item kit for a family is INR 1385.

ACCESS TO CLEAN DRINKING WATER

Flooding results in contamination of water sources, making the availability of potable water a scarce resource, in affected regions. Families will be provided with non-electric water purifiers that will ensure easy access to clean drinking water and reduce the risk of diseases spread through water contamination. 

The cost of each water filter for a family is INR 1960.

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Mid-Term / Long Term Rehabilitation

Mid-term and long term responses will be assessed as needs evolve on-ground. Based on our experience of disaster response, we understand these will include health and medical camps, refurbishing housing, rebuilding of public infrastructure such as schools and hospitals, restoration of wells and water sources, and livelihood support.

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