Monday, August 30, 2010

Relief Support Through Corporate Disaster Resource Network (CDRN) for Leh District of Jammu & Kashmir, India Flash Flood

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According to the latest government reports, 193 people have perished and more than 65 are still missing in the Leh flash floods that occurred on the night of 5th August, 2010. Lifeline infrastructure was destroyed including hospitals, bus terminals, radio station transmitter, telephone exchange and mobile-phone towers bringing life to standstill in Leh. 24 villages in Leh region have been severely affected. Initially the rescue efforts were hampered by gushing water and mud but now movement of goods and people is coming back to normalcy. In addition many of the roads leading to Leh were damaged making it difficult to transport relief supplies.

Coordination with National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and Private Sector Companies
Immediately after the tragedy the CDRN emergency unit, contacted NDMA and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) for first hand information on critical needs. Clean drinking water for the survivors, woolen blankets, medicines and alpine tents were urgently required.

CDRN emergency unit quickly assessed the situation and was ready to transport 96000 pre-positioned water purification tablets donated by Aquatabs for those affected in Leh.

The CDRN team contacted several national level companies to provide support for the Leh operations. The response was overwhelming as Corporate India obliged.
The Dharmpal Satyapal Group donated 1050 blankets and 50 alpine tents and Jubilant Bhartia Foundation donated 48,000 litres of packaged drinking water. In addition, 100 Jerry cans were donated by Mount Kailash and 1000 litres of cooking oil by Cargill.

Kingfisher Airlines, Jet Airways Indian Airlines provided free cargo space for the Leh relief material which enabled CDRN in efficient logistics and helped in economizing relief operations. Transportation was a critical need at this juncture and with the logistics support provided by these three airlines, the relief could reach timely.

Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) is being supported through CDRN for distribution of blankets in the villages like Saboo, ,Basgo, Ney and Miru and CII Northern Region, Secretariat is providing regular updates on the progress.

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