People evacuating by boat after monsoon rains. Credit: Oxfam
Millions of people uprooted from their homes

India floods 2008

Oxfam and our local partners are responding to the devastating floods that have uprooted millions of people from their homes in the eastern Indian state of Bihar

The situation

Monsoon rains caused the Kosi River to breach its banks on 18 August, resulting in serious floods in six eastern districts of Bihar.

The scale of the breach has changed the course of the river, with waters flowing into villages that were not previously flood prone. Some reports indicate that over 2.7 million people have been displaced so far. Critically affected districts are Supaul, Araria, Madhepura, Saharsa, Purnea and Katihar.

More than one million people have sought refuge in over 150 relief camps after floods swept away their homes.

These catastrophic floods have destroyed entire villages and left people with nothing. Huge numbers are still marooned with no food or drinking water. As well as helping people move to safety via rescue boats, we are mounting a water and sanitation response to counter the risk of disease.

Oxfam's response

Working with local organizations, Oxfam is using motorboats to rescue stranded men, women and children. We are distributing tarpaulin shelter sheets, water purification kits, buckets and oral rehydration sachets for 100,000 people in camps in Supaul, the worst affected district of Bihar.

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