Bangalore Gets Flooded
September 1st week in Bangalore was marked by unprecedented rains – on a single day (September 5), the city received 131.6mm of rain. Several parts of the city were under water with normal life thrown completely out of gear. Schools and colleges were shut, and many offices asked their staff to work from home. Everybody living in the flooded localities was affected; however, slumdwellers and those living near the water channels – mostly daily wage workers and other underprivileged groups – were the worst sufferers. Water entered the houses and streets/lanes became completely inundated. Severe waterlogging as the water continued for days.
Many families had to move out of the houses to safer places and even those with pucca houses, basic facilities including drinking water and food were unavailable for days.
Rise Against Hunger India Response
A rapid assessment of the situation was conducted to identify the worst impacted areas and localities. Several on-ground partners were roped in to provide real time information. Based on this rapid assessment, it was decided that 2,500 families would be supported with food and other relief items on an urgent basis.
The following immediate steps were taken within 24 hours to reach relief to the affected people:
- Cooked meals were sourced from various food vendors on the first day and then Rise Against Hunger India staff organized cooking in the warehouse to provide ready-to-eat cooked food to families in areas where water had not receded, and families were not able to move out.
- Arrange to deliver dry meal packets available in our warehouse to daily wage earners and others who could prepare food.
- Organize packaging in our Bangalore warehouse to be ready with more meal packets
- Coordinate with local partners to reach the food packets to highly impacted areas
- Approach corporate partners and donors to support the emergency response efforts.
Timely Support from SAP Labs India and Others
A big THANK YOU to the leadership and the CSR team at SAP Labs India for not just committing to support 150,000 meals to help flood affected families, but also galvanizing over 500 volunteers – even as it was still raining in Bangalore – to package these meals in their campus. Some volunteers even went farther: they were out in the field from the very first day to help with the distribution. Many volunteers continued to support in the field distribution of meals till all 150,000 meals were finally delivered. It was indeed invaluable and timely support to the affected families.
Rise Against Hunger India received generous support from various individuals, some of whom also came forward to help with the packaging of meals. Rise Against Hunger US agreed to support the emergency relief work with a grant of $15,000 which was a big help to meet with the cost of around 50,000 meals at the very initial stage when other supports had not yet come in.
In about 5 weeks, Rise Against Hunger India together with 9 other field partners reached out to 74,985 people in about 20 different localities that were among the most impacted.
- A total of 47,960 meals were cooked by Rise Against Hunger India and some partners which were served in Varthur, Belandur, Marathalli, LR Nagar, Sonahalli, Vannarpet, Austin Town, and Infant Jesus Church Slum Areas in Bangalore.
- In addition, 234,887 meals were provided in the form of nutrient-rich fortifies packaged meal packets in Mehboobnagar, Chilkabanahalli, Ramanagara, Sai Layout – Vodrapalaya, Savekanahalli, Navikugurki, KGF, Ulsoor, Munekullalu Belandur, Kasavunahalli, Thubarahalli, Hoodi Garden, Alfa Garden, Ayyappanagar and LR Nagar.