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Two rivers and some bold women

Women learn swimming at a training centre of the NGO Kalvi Kendra at V Salai, Villupuram, Tamil Nadu

By Max Martin

VILLUPURAM, India (AlertNet) – In a district called Villupuram in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu, a string of 10 villages lie along the course of two rivers.

The major inter-state Thenpennai River and its small tributary, the Malattaru, remain dry for most of the year. But when it rains heavily, as often happens during the second part of the monsoon in November and December, the rivers turn into demons, devouring rice fields and neighbourhoods.

Ahead of the next round of heavy rains, village women are taking the lead in preparing communities for the hazards that lie ahead.

They learn and teach swimming and rescue, store life jackets and makeshift rafts, and flood-proof the local geography – both physical and human. (More)

Humanitarians seek more data on Leh

About 40 representatives of NGOs currently working or that propose to work in Ladakh had a meeting with the Relief Commissioner, Mr. Jigme Thapa at the District collector Office in Leh on 12th Aug 2010 at 6pm.

The following are some of the outcomes of the meeting:

– Agencies were informed that the district authorities do not have a comprehensive list of affected villages yet. They currently have a list of 34 villages compiled from a variety of sources. However, the Relief Commissioner informed those present that this list may not be exhaustive.

Upon being informed that agencies had also compiled a similar list of affected villages, the Relief Commissioner suggested that the representative of Sphere India share all available information with the district authorities to compare data and prepare a final list.

– Agencies were also informed that the district administration did not have any significant data on the extent of damages or needs in any of the affected villages.

Such information would only be available once the Revenue Department begins to carry out detailed surveys, something which has not yet begun.

It was suggested that agencies carry out assessments in each of the affected areas on the extent of damages and needs using a standardized format. The Relief Commissioner highlighted in particular the need for enumeration – gathering details (names and exact numbers) of those affected.

– In light of the specialized requirements of different sectors, it is proposed that Sectoral Working Groups will be formed. These groups would be advisory in nature, and it would work to guide the rehabilitation operations of agencies. Sectoral Working Groups on the following areas were proposed:

1. Shelter 2. Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) 3. Food and Nutrition 4. Livelihoods 5. Education 6. Health