ActionAid launches 2nd phase of relief distribution

SRINAGAR: ActionAid India Monday launched its second phase of relief distribution programme in flood-hit areas in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district.
In a statement, the body said that the programme has been launched in n association with its partner organization Jammu Kashmir Yateem Trust (JKYT) and will cover more than 1600 worst hit families in the district.
“This is the second phase of our relief distribution in flood affected areas in Baramulla district which is supported by TATA Sons under which most vulnerable families in 19 flood affected villages were identified and relief kits consisting various food and non food items are distributed among them,” said Altaf Hussain, Program Coordinator Action Aid. The relief items include ration kits, blankets, bedding, kangris, solar lantern and hygiene kits.
“The relief items were selected as per the immediate needs of the people and families were selected after proper survey in consultation with local village level committees formed by JKYT and ActionAid,” said Altaf.
ActionAid has been working in Kashmir since 2002 on various issues and currently, besides mental health program, it is implementing its emergency flood response program in three districts of south Kashmir including Anantnag, Kulgam, Pulwama and north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, along with its partner organizations.
“Under our first phase of relief distribution we reached out to people immediately in many flood affected areas of Kashmir and distributed food and non food items as per immediate needs of people. Now under our second phase we reach out to more families by widening the area of operation and increasing number of relief items,” said Altaf.
The second phase of relief distribution in south Kashmir, which is supported by ECHO, will start in next week under which more than 2000 families in three districts will get benefitted.
“Action Aid has almost completed its cash-for-work program in flood hit areas in south Kashmir under which families are provided wage employment for repairing their own house or small developmental work in their villages. Action Aid has also started Child Recreational Clubs- play and learning centres for 1000 children in flood affected areas of Pulwama,” said Altaf.