In Uttar Pradesh close to the Nepal border, communities along the Ghaghra river in Bahraich District are affected by high annual flooding due to upstream discharge from tributary streams and dams. Each time the flooding causes people to flee the area and lose all income opportunities and in many cases also tools, belongings and livestock.
Vulnerability in the target area is high. Mainly lack of income and a rigid caste structure prevent people from moving to less affected areas. The literacy rate is among the lowest in India (below 20%) making alternatives to agricultural labor difficult. Resilience to recurring flood disasters is very low as people seldom have the capacity to build up resources. Coping strategies are limited to fleeing the area early not to be caught by flood which comes without specific warning.
|Financing:||The European Commissions Humanitarian Aid Department (ECHO), Germany's Relief Coalition and Malteser International|
|Partner:||Sahbhagi Shikshan Kendra (SSK) and UNNATI - Organisation for Development Education|
|Malteser:||Roland Hansen, Daniel Bergfeld|