Americares Responds to Assam Floods

Americares volunteer Dr. Abhishek Patil examines patients at a health camp in Nowbaicha Block, Assam, on July 16, 2017.

MUMBAI—July 17, 2017— Americares India has deployed medical teams to treat survivors of the Assam floods. More than 700 villages have been damaged due to the flooding caused by heavy rainfall in 26 of Assam’s 32 districts. Incessant rains in recent weeks have disrupted normal life and have inundated thousands of hectares of agricultural land. The flooding has led to landslides, blocked highways and damaged roads and bridges. Moreover, lakhs of people’s health is at risk without access to safe drinking water, sanitation and health care facilities.

Americares has emergency response teams working in two of Assam’s worst hit districts – Karimgunj and Lakhimpur. Doctors and medical volunteers are providing primary care in flood-affected areas through health camps in remote villages. Americares plans to treat approximately 4,000 patients through these health camps. Additionally, relief will be provided through the distribution of health and hygiene kits.

“The heavy rains have heightened health concerns in the state,” said Shripad Desai, Americares India managing director. “Dysentery, skin infections and water-borne diseases are a major issue. We are focused on meeting survivors’ most immediate health needs.”

Americares India, based in Mumbai, is a health-focused organization that provides emergency medical and humanitarian aid in response to floods, cyclones, earthquakes and other disasters. Most recently, the Americares India team responded to the 2016 floods in Assam and Bihar and conducted long-term health systems recovery in Tamil Nadu in the aftermath of the 2015 floods. Americares India also provides health education, supports health worker safety programs and operates seven mobile health centers that provide free primary care services in more than 130 locations across the slums of Mumbai.