Over 300,000 people were affected by the heavy rains and flooding in Assam in 2014. Tens of thousands of shelters collapsed. Moreover, busy roads became relief camps, filled with rows and rows of makeshift tents.
In an attempt to seek immediate shelter or flood resistant homes, temporary huts were made out of any left-over material that could be found.
Months later, people are still residing in these unstable and unsafe shelters. They received compensation money from the Government but, at just 2,300 rupees (about GBP 23), it’s not enough.
A national highway become home to relief camps.
The area is extremely vulnerable to flash flooding which these temporary shelters are not able to support. In future floods, the damage and destruction will be even greater.
In 2015, International Waqf Fund rebuilt 46 damaged houses. Made with flood-resistant material and raised off the ground. As a result, the houses will be much better equipped to withstand future floods.
local masons and carpenters made the houses. In order to provide a source of work to 20 people. Local communities were also trained on disaster risk reduction activities such as first aid and search and rescue actions.
A plan of the new durable shelters, carefully designed to withstand future disasters.
Tusto Bano, 61, lives with her son and five grandchildren in India. Her husband died five years ago from a long-lasting illness.
“We are poor but Allah has always given us enough to meet our daily needs. But since the floods, our lives have completely changed. Now, we are burdened with loans,” said Tusto.
A local carpernter building a new, sustainable house.
Like Tusto and Bahatan, many turned to loans after the floods to pay for food, water and shelter; everything that was washed away. Although, on top of all of their other troubles, they are having to find ways to repay the loan providers.
When her hut was destroyed in the floods, the community helped her to rebuild it. However, it was only a temporary solution. Made from bamboo, it was not stable enough to survive any future disasters.
Now, Tusto has her own strong and secure flood resistant home. No longer will she need to worry about whether her house and possessions will survive the next rainstorm.
“Thank you. Now I can live the rest of my life peacefully. May Allah bless you,” said Tusto.
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