Assam, along with Meghalya, is one of the North Eastern states that receive the highest rainfall during the monsoon season across the country. Over the last decade, ﬂoods and landslides caused by the excessive rainfall have been continuously ravaging the state. This has taken a heavy toll on lives, livelihoods, infrastructure, wild life and drained a lot of the state’s major resources. In 2022 however, the havoc started earlier when ﬂash ﬂoods were brought on by pre-monsoon showers.
The ﬂoods and landslides affected over 47 lakh people across 4,462 villages in 30 districts of Assam from May to July. Nearly 23 lakh people were displaced and 192 were reported dead. Railways, roads, and bridges were damaged due to landslides. Entire villages were submerged. Some villages were completely cut-off from the mainland, making the relief operations extremely difficult.
Smile Foundation’s disaster response team was on the ground since day one, assessing the need and distributing relief material in the worst affected parts of Assam. The team worked round the clock with a dedicated group of local volunteers, taking timely help to people who needed it the most. Distribution points were set up and the most immediate needs of dry ration, hygiene and sanitation kits, medicines and other essential items were met. More than 10,00,000 meals were provided in the form of dry ration kits to the affected families, along with over 50,000 hygiene, sanitation and essentials kits.
More than 10,00,000 meals were provided in the form of dry ration
Over 50,000 hygiene, sanitation and essentials kits
Women, infants and elderly were given priority
Socio-economically disadvantaged population from worst affected areas was reached