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Habitat for Humanity India working to repair homes lost in Uttarakhand floods

Last month heavy rain in northern India caused widespread flash flooding and landslides which affected communities across the region with reports that over 5,000 people lost their lives. Non-governmental organisation Habitat for Humanity India is now actively working in the villages of Satagad, Parodi and Chanangoan to help rebuild the homes of those families affected by the adverse weather conditions. It is thought that 60 houses were completely destroyed within these three villages alone and many more have been damaged.

“We will rebuild the lives of 2,000 families in the disaster-struck region over the next two years in a three-stage process”, said Eric Christopher, CEO of Habitat for Humanity India. “Our thoughts and prayers are with families who lost their homes and family members. Many of those affected are low-income farmers in urgent need of safe, permanent shelter, and without the means to rebuild on their own. Habitat will start its rebuilding operations as soon as possible so families can fulfil their dreams of a decent place to live.”

Habitat will begin by distributing emergency shelter and hygiene kits. Families affected by the disaster will be supported with transitional shelters so that they are able to live in a safe environment until they are able to move into permanent housing. Habitat for Humanity India will repair and renovate partially damaged houses, as well as building disaster resilient houses for families who lost their homes in the disaster.

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