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August 10, 2010
4:13 PM

CONTACT: Doctors Without Borders

Phone: 212-679-6800
Fax: 212-679-7016

MSF Responds to the Needs of Flash Flood Victims in Jammu & Kashmir

JAMMU AND KASMIR, INDIA - August 10 - 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, and tarpaulins.

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.

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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.


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