For Immediate Release
MSF Responds to the Needs of Flash Flood Victims in Jammu & Kashmir
JAMMU AND KASMIR, INDIA - Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is providing
urgently needed medical and humanitarian assistance to people in the
worst affected villages in and around Leh. MSF is distributing shelter,
kitchen, and hygiene kits to 2,000 of the most vulnerable families. The
kits contain blankets, soap, jerry cans, some clothes, cooking items,
Flash floods in Leh have caused widespread destruction and many homes
been swept away. An estimated 25,000 people are affected, with 150
deaths and hundreds of people missing.
"Despite the logistical challenges, we have managed to start
distributing relief items to those most in need. This is now the
priority," said Dr. Teshome Ashagre Adebabai, MSF's team leader in Leh.
"However, we are also assessing medical needs and are mobilizing our
resources to meet those needs as soon as possible."
MSF is coordinating its efforts with Save the Children and local NGOs
in Leh. In Kargil, the organization will also distribute relief kits to
the most affected families to support the disaster management efforts of
the state authorities.
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian organization created by doctors and journalists in France in 1971. MSF's work is based on the humanitarian principles of medical ethics and impartiality. The organization is committed to bringing quality medical care to people caught in crisis regardless of race, religion, or political affiliation.
MSF operates independently of any political, military, or religious agendas.