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The Current Situation in Bihar

Incessant rains, both in the upper and lower catchments of the North Bihar rivers, since August 10, 2017 have caused serious flooding in the North Bihar  affecting as many as 19 of the 38 districts that the state has  and causing extensive damage to infrastructure, human lives, livestock, crops and other property and assets.  As per the state government estimates, the floods have impacted a total population of 17.15 million spread over 187 blocks, 2364 panchayats and, 8394 villages. Till date 440 human and 276 animal deaths have been reported and 24350 huts have been fully and 1075 partially damaged. Estimates pertaining to crop losses and infrastructural damage have just begun trickling in as the state machinery stands overwhelmed by the daunting task of evacuating the marooned populationThe floods this year in Bihar thus have had a much wider impact than the catastrophic Kosi Floods of 2008 which ravaged 5 districts, 35 blocks, 412 panchayats, 993 villages and a cumulative population of 3.33 million.

Response of the Government

While the state government has risen to the occasion, its efforts are primarily geared towards evacuating the people who are marooned in flood waters.  For this it has deployed 28 teams of National Disaster Response Force,16 teams of State Disaster Response Force and 7 teams of army. The state government is currently running 262 relief camps in which 165348 persons have been accommodated.  The government is also operating 1114 community kitchens covering 274141 flood victims. Relief assistance to the flood affected has also been in the form of dry ration support of lentils, flat rice and jaggery, rudimentary health assistance and provision of polythene sheets coverage details of which are as yet to be provided. All said and done the the efforts remain grossly inadequate, understandable given the enormity of the calamity

Response of other Non State Actors
While the government of India and affected state governments are leading the response to floods, other non-state actors such as International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) through its local Indian Red Cross chapters, Sphere India and other NGOs and INGO’s such as OXFAM, Community Awareness, Service and Action (CASA), CARE India, Act Alliance, EFICOR, Association for India’s Development and Save the Children, are also working on assessments and response interventions and some of them have already gone in appeal for raising resources.. More details are awaited on the response from other organizations.
The Human Impact of Floods & the Problems ensuing therefrom
The flood victims are having to make do in an extremely difficult situation with their houses damaged, destroyed or submerged in flood waters and their belongings and livelihood opportunities lost.  Nutritional status is abysmal with people unable to meet the survival requirements. With houses washed away and habitations completely submerged, the affected are having to stay out in the open exposed to the vagaries of weather. The scarcity of dry space also makes the places of habitation double up as places of defecation with its attendant hygiene and sanitation related problems.Existing hand pumps lie submerged in water or else have got silted up or have been damaged by the gush of the flood waters.  Perforce having to drink unclean stagnant water, is resulting in its own set of health related problems.  Declining nutritional intake coupled with unhygienic and unsafe living conditions is taking its own toll in terms of the spread of diseases like diarhhoea, fever, cold and cough, pneumonia, skin and eye infection, malaria and Kalazar.  Incidence of severe malnutrition among the affected children looms large as a threat.  So is the incidence of malnutrition and anaemia among the pregnant mothers. Impaired connectivity is further compounding problems rendering reaching out to these people a stupendous task.
Priority Interventions as demanded by the current situation
  • Provision of food security through dry ration support/running of community kitchens
  • Provision of poly sheets for temporary shelter and plastic sheets for covering the ground.
  • Provision of non-food personal utility and hygiene items.
  • Installation of hand pumps for safe drinking water
  • Making accessible a package of health care, supplementary nutrition and  medicinal services that seeks to protect children, mothers, the aged and the infirm
  • Provision of country boats
Based on the number of affected people in each district, we have prioritized the following 7 districts for intervention each one of which has an affected population exceeding a million.  These are East Champaran, Sitamarhi, Darbhanga, Araria, Katihar, Purnia and Kishanganj.  With a cumulative affected population of 12.79 million, they account for 74.58% of the total flood affected population.
Why we as an implementing partner?
Though predominantly development oriented, we have necessarily had to integrate disaster management into our development work as our operational area is extremely vulnerable to a host of natural hazards floods, drought, earthquake, fire and cyclone.  Hence we bring in almost 30 years of experience in disaster related operations.  We, as part of our disaster management work, have, over the years, been addressing the entire disaster cycle ranging from preparedness and mitigation to immediate response, recovery and long term rehabilitation.  While recurrently engaging with floods, one of our most notable interventions was in the aftermath of Kosi Floods 2008 wherein we collaborated with a host of partners ranging from International NGOs to corporates to multilaterals to other individuals and organisations from the wider civil society and could effectively reach out to more than a lakh of flood victims.   The current crisis has once again prompted us into action and we have already initiated relief intervention in East Champaran district of North Bihar with the gracious assistance of Syngenta India Limited.  But the tragedy is too vast and demands a lot more to be done. For more on our disaster related work, visit us at ,
Request for Support
The current crisis once again confronts us in the face.  The state government is trying to do its best but its initiatives remain grossly inadequate to the scale of the tragedy and remain most feeble in addressing the human dimensions of the tragedy namely the need for food security, shelter, safe drinking water, basic medical assistance and mobility of people.  Hence we once again solicit your kind cooperation in extending support to us to bring in our lot to alleviate the impact of the floods.  Contributions are welcome in cash or kind.  We have been faithfully fulfilling all the statutory compliances required of us from various departments of the government and also have the FCRA registration which legally entitles us to receive foreign funds.  We assure you of utmost transparency and accountability in making use of your contributions.
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Deepak Bharti
Secretary, Samajik Shaikshanik Vikas Kendra (SSVK)
Lok Shakti Bhawan, Opp. Ajay Nilayan Apartment,
Permanand Path,
Nageshwar Colony,
Boring Road,
Patna – 800001(India)

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SSVK Patna supported Livelihood programmes in Madhepura, Saharsa & Madhubani district of Bihar (India) More Details

SSVK Green Globe Award on - CNBC TV 18

SSVK awarded by Nobel laureate TERI Director General and The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change ( IPCC ) chairman Dr R.K. Pachauri in Taj Palace, New Delhi More Details

Peace March & Public meeting in Jhanjharpur subdivision (Madhubani) By People's Organisation - Lok Shakti Sangathan (LSS) India

SSVK initiated  Grain Bank in Disaster Prone Area of Madhubani & Darbhanga Distt (Bihar)
supported by Swiss Red Cross Switzerland & TPSWTM ( A Tata Enterprises) Mumbai

Samajik Shaikshanik Vikas Kendra (SSVK) was registered as a society in 1986. Shri Deepak Bharti, the founder of this organisation, had his initiation into social committment in the course of the 1974 students’ movement that broke out all over Bihar. Subsequently, he stayed in student politics involved in issue-based rather than party-based activity. In 1982 he took to journalistic activism, starting off with a daily called Janmat in Dhanbad. In 1984 he moved to Madhubani and launched a weekly called Samachar Darpan from there. Financial difficulties led to the winding up of this weekly. Next, he worked as a journalist for the Patliputra Times, Navbharat Times and Hindustan. As a journalist, Shri Bharti, consistently focused on issues relevant to the welfare of the deprived and marginalised sections of society. Moved by the phenomena of discrimination, deprivation and disintegration of the society as a whole and inspired by the ideals of Jai Prakash Narain and Mahatma Gandhi, he, along with other young minds, formally registered SSVK under the Societies Registration Act. 21, 1860. Its registration under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) of Government of India followed subsequently in 1990.

SSVK has been working with the most depressed sections of the rural society for their all round development and mainstreaming since its inception in 1986. SSVK is working to empower the most downtrodden and marginalised people, especially women, in one of India's poorest states, Bihar. SSVK's development work aims to build assets, reduce poverty, increase capacity for new livelihoods, strengthen local democracy and reduce injustice.  SSVK, and its community network Lok Shakti Sangathan (LSS), work intensively with socially and economically depressed rural communities, particularly the Dalits, in Madhubani, Darbhanga, Saharsa, Madhepura and Supaul districts. Over the years the organization has  geographically extended its coverage around mobilisation of identical target groups on right based issues to 14 other districts of Bihar(India).

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Lok Shakti Bhawan,
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Mobile: +91-94310 25801
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