Floods in India: How we can help those affected.

People in Assam and Bihar are reeling under a natural disaster, we can give them a helping hand.

While most of us are looking forward to a well spent monsoon, 50 people have lost their lives and the fate of more than 40 lakh others in  Assam and Bihar hangs by a thread.

Even as the rains have wrecked a havoc in 2 of these Indian states, measures taken to salvage the situation seem to have no concrete effect.

Why are Assam and Bihar facing floods?

There are 3 major reasons for the floods in both states.

  1. The first being, high rainfall that lead to rising water levels in the rivers.
  2. The second being inadequate dams and reservoirs to contain the rising water levels of the major rivers flowing through the 2 states.
  3.  Melting snow from the Himalayan regions that merged into the rivers that run through these states, increasing the water levels, causing them to overflow.



The Damage:

The floods have not only affected the humans residing in these areas but also livestock and animals. Many  people have lost their livelihoods and entire life savings. Apart from that,

  • Hundreds of houses are washed away in the deluge in both the states. Most of villagers have abandoned their homes and livestock
  • Mobile connectivity is lost in many parts of the state, and power transmission towers have been toppled.
  • Since the roads, highways and villages in more than half of the region’s in Assam and in Bihar are flooded, rescue operations have been hampered and are moving at snail’s pace.

In Assam

  • 32 districts flood-hit.
  • Worst affected– Lakhimpur, Golaghat, Bongaigaon, Jorhat, Dhemaji, Barpeta, Goalpara, Dhubri, Darrang, Morigaon and Sonitpur.
  • Over 2.13 lakh hectare of crop areas in Assam and  are damaged.
  • Death toll– 23 and rising.
  • The Kaziranga national park in Assam that is  home to two-thirds of the world’s one-horned rhino population is 90% under water. One rhino dead, many displaced.

In Bihar

  • 10 districts flood-hit.
  • Worst affectedKishanganj, Katihar, Madhepura, Purnia, Araria.  
  • 1.83 lakh hectares of agricultural land in Bihar, damaged severely.
  • Death toll- 27 and counting.

How are the victims being helped?

The government is trying its best to provide relief to as many people as possible. NGOs and other non-governmental institutions are also working hand in hand with the government to help the victims.

In Assam:

  • 500 makeshift relief camps have been set up.
  • 150 distribution camps, to provide food and other necessities to the affected people, are in operation.
  • The army has been deployed to engage in relief and rehabilitation of the flood victims.
  • The National Disaster Response Force  has deployed 11 teams with 22 deep divers, 38 boats and all other life-saving aids in the affected areas.
  • NDRF has also set up a mobile hospital in Majuli, Assam.
  • Rhinos and other displaced animals are being rescued by Kaziranga National Park and Centre of Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC) team.

In Bihar

  • 8,850 boats and from NDRF have been reached Bihar.
  • 9 rescue teams of  from NDRF are engaged in rescue operations.
  • 3.89 lakh people are evacuated so far.
  • 357 relief camps are being run by the government.
  • 15,000 packets of dry food that include flour, sugar, small salt packet, candle, matchbox, a torch, powder milk have been sent to Purnea from Muzaffarpur, Madhubani, Saharsa and Madhepura.


What can WE do to help?

  • Donate Supplies

During floods those affected have many requirements, we can help by donating supplies to the NGOs like World Vision India, Oxfam India, Save the children and other organisations that are undertaking relief work on-site.

We can donate anything that can help with the victims’ immediate needs like:

Canned food items,Plastic sleeping mats, hygiene kit washing (buckets with lids, bath soaps, washing soaps, disinfection liquids, sanitary napkins),packaged drinking water, tarpaulin, mosquito nets, clothes and bed-sheets and so on.


  • Generate funds for their rehabilitation

The floods have caused excessive damage to life and property and  providing relief and rehabilitation requires enormous funds. There is a constant need for financial assistance for building secure shelters, rescue operations, providing supplies in the flood stricken areas. We can provide funds to the PM relief fund or to relevant NGOs and organisations to help them cater to their needs. Funds for the victims can also be raised online on crowdfunding websites like Impact Guru. This multiplies the donation from one individual and expedites the rehabilitation process for the victims due to ready availability of funds. (see how Impact Guru previously helped the Chennai flood victims by raising funds for them)     

  • Reach out to local NGOs and local government authorities

Contacting local organisations helps us  gauge the bigger picture and immediate needs of the victims. Coordinating with the NGOs and local government authorities gives  a first hand picture of the affected regions and the needs of the victims by giving out information like how many food packets are required, how many new shelters are being built, how many volunteers are working on site, what is the number of those gravely injured and so on. This will give us a clear idea of how much help is required and how much we can contribute to it

Here are the contacts of a few NGOs and Governmental organisations we can use:


Name  of the organization Phone number
Kaziranga National Park +91 98540 4004
Guwahati emergency number 100
Official helpline for Assam flood 108
ASDMA- Assam State Disaster Management Authority helpline 1070  /  1079


Border Welfare Society (BWS) NGO 919954261654
World Vision India NGO +91  44 42287070
AARANYAK NGO 91-361-2228418
Jajari Bahumukhi Unnayan Committee NGO 9854234052
Save the Children NGO 0124-4872100
Oxfam India NGO +91 (0) 11 4653 8000

Those affected, need much more than just money or food; they need reassurance and a sense of support and security. As a community, we should reach out to them and provide help in this disaster.


These floods have claimed innocent lives, devastated families and shattered entire communities in Assam and Bihar. But with our help, they can overcome these trying times.


Earlier this year we helped Chennai stay afloat during the floods , and now it’s time to help Bihar and Assam. Create a campaign today, and support the flood victims at their hour of need.



Over 70% of the earth  is made up of water and so is 65% of the human body. Water is essentially a symbol of life itself. Our earth that was once an abundant source of water, faces the worst droughts in history now. The recent Syrian crisis was an example of the effects of acute water shortage. Our scientists think that we may have to move to Mars for survival!  

The question is, what are the underlying reasons to this disaster?

Evolution has intensified the level of pollution on earth. With  the increase in the number of cars, air-conditioners, production industries we have tremendously increased our carbon footprint as well. Over the years pollution has led to climatic changes around the globe. The rainfall has become erratic and uneven. Also, to add to the misery we tend to use water carelessly, without thinking about it’s after effects.



So, now that we know the problems, here are a few ways we can help save water:

Start with yourself, it is important to understand that simple steps go a long way in conserving water. Little things like; turning the tap off while you brush, taking a quick shower instead of using a bathtub, reusing water when you can etc. will help in water conservation.

Taking measures at the community level will definitely make a greater impact. The local community can get together and plan for ways to help conserve water.

Rain water harvesting  is an amazing way to conserve water in regions where it rains for a few months a year. Water can be trapped and used during the remaining months when it does not rain.

Using water meters to identify where the water is spent the most, to detect leakages and determine if usage can be reduced so as to help save water.

Plant drought-resistant lawns, shrubs and plants in community gardens and public spaces that will use less water but still stimulate the eco-system.

Reducing pollution We need to cautiously reduce our carbon-footprint, if we wish to see a positive change in the environmental conditions. This way might seem irrelevant and far-fetched but it’s the most effective.

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All this being said what can we do for those who have been terribly struck by this disaster ?

There are thousands if not millions who are victims of droughts and  acute water shortage.  

Simply put we cannot physically help them, but the least we can do, is supporting them financially and socially. Many government and Non-Profit institutions provide relief to such drought stricken areas, and they are in constant need of funding for conservation projects.

We as individuals can contribute to these water conservation funds through donations. “Crowdfunding” platforms have made it simpler for donors to help these victims. The NGOs can campaign for funding for conservation projects and the donors can donate and support these campaigns through donations.

please donate

The main aim of these Crowdfunding platforms is to make charity and philanthropy simple and accessible by everyone. Impact Guru ran one such campaign to support drought ridden villages in the state of Maharashtra.You can help such drought affected victims by contributing to their cause,  impactguru.com/droughthelp .
We know it seems a little ironical to talk about ‘Water Conservation’ now that it’s raining. Even so, it’s essential we understand that it’s high time we as a society learn the importance of  conserving water. We need to preserve and conserve water that is the most invaluable gift of nature. Last but not the least, we should get our act straight before it’s too late, and like the scientists say, we finally have to move to Mars!