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Offline ullyss

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Update on Leh, Ladakh Floods and Landslides
« on: Aug 17, 10, 05:07 PM »
For those who may not know, the recent floods also affected Leh, Ladakh, India but is not as widely reported compared to China and Pakistan. Winter is coming soon and many affected do not have shelter and basic equipments. Air travel is very expensive at the moment and tough for those who plan to fly out.

My friends in Ladakh have been updating me on the situation. We have not decided on collecting appeals yet but will be gathering more news on the situations. Meanwhile they are busy with assessing the various situation and helping as much as they can.

Here are some reports :
As for donations, please donate directly to the affected villages as the funds you donate will reach them much faster than larger organisations.

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Businessmen have kept their businesses closed or are opening their shops only in the afternoon, to help with the digs etc.Almost everybody in Leh is volunteering, giving their time to sort through the debris with either the army, the itbp, the civil defence or the organisations.

 The prices of the flights to and from Leh have rocketed and airport personnel say it'll stay that way.... current return tickets are starting from Rs 23,000 to Delhi.

 One can volunteer, but doing whatever would include handling decomposed bodies, digging and removing stinking slit, baking in the sun and taking orders from the locals. There is a water crisis, and staying places have dwindled after the floods. There will be too many X factors.... If people are willing still, they definitely can go, as long as they're sure they can take it all.

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As things stand now, most people have moved in with their relatives in or around Leh. Roads and many villages in the Greater Leh area have been badly affected.
 
Communications is still down as the BSNL office has been completely damaged, and the 3 remaining AIRTEL towers do not have the capacity to handle the large volume of traffic. People were mostly worried because they could not contact their friends relatives etc. Now however, the organisations and the army have been able to establish physical contact with many of the far-flung places, and are bringing back news. Leh being a small place, the news of survivors, dead and missing is spreading by word of mouth.

 The hospital in leh has also borne the brunt of damage. most of the equipment has been rendered useless. Same with some schools in the town as well as in Igu, Shey, and Phyang.
 
Rebuilding Leh will be slightly more complex than usual. First, the mudslide has covered areas in slush as high as 10 feet. those areas will, for all practical purposes, be rendered uninhabitable till the time that it is completely cleared, which i am doubtful. There also are rumours of ghosts stalking people at night in the affected areas, so even those whose houses have been spared have fled. I doubt if anyone will agree to have houses rebuilt in the same places.

Also, seemingly perennial streams are now flowing through many of the areas, and after the floods, no one is willing to be anywhere near such a sudden spring... not now, not ever.ad spoken to the 24th batallion commandant and even he feels relocating people is the only option, but how that will ever be done in a place like Ladakh is anybody's guess.

 Winter set in in about 2 months. Many travel agents are willing to give up their equipments, tents, sleeping bags, for the homeless during winters, but that by itself wont suffice. Shelter is of prime concern for many. The damage will take years to set right.

 The effort on this has to be sustained, and the planning long-term. The slog right now will only be the start.
-From Sankar Sridhar
« Last Edit: Aug 26, 10, 11:05 AM by Karel »

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Re: Update on Leh, Ladakh Floods and Landslides
« Reply #1 on: Aug 17, 10, 05:09 PM »
There are many organizations which are working in Ladakh to help the victims of the recent flash floods. How does one give and to whom? 

    * Find out how your money is going to be used. Is it for immediate relief like rebuilding shelter, distribution of food and water etc.
    * Some organizations give tools to the affected to rebuild their lives after the immediate needs of food, shelter and housing are taken care of.
    * Give your money to the organization you are closest to, have worked with them or know personal friends who can vouch for their transparency.
    * Work with travel agencies/NGO's that you personally might have travelled/worked with and trust their judgement and local presence.
 
Trust. Its important to know that in this jaded world that there are genuine folks out there who are willing to help and will honour your donation by putting it to the best use.

Material Donation: If you donate materials like blankets and warm clothes please ensure that they are in decent condition. Do not give materials which take away dignity from those who might have never asked for any help.  Please check Goonj website for more information on how to donate materials.

Your Employer: Check with your employer if they match your "funds". Contact your CSR/ Human Resources department to get more information on your employers efforts.

Some organizations and folks who are lending a hand in Leh:

Oxfam India
http://www.oxfamindia.org/emergencies/shelter-emerges-immediate-priority-leh
According to Oxfam, the single most important need of the people of the affected villages in Leh is shelter. The houses have all been washed away and Winter is approaching...

Sankar Sridhar
A fellow photographer and traveler who has spent a decade Ladakh. Currently assisting relief efforts on the ground.
Beneficiary Name : Flood Relief Fund AMI
Leh Account Number : 0069040100027906 Account type :
Savings Bank Name : The Jammu & Kashmir Bank Ltd Branch :
Leh - Main Market
IFSC Code : JAKA0PRIEST
Some of the images of Ladakh shot by Sridhar: http://sankarsridhar.com/publish/index.php
Sridhar and friends just returned from a Igu, a village where relief had not yet reached. The village is about 70 km from Leh, and much of it has been buried.
Update from Sridhar Aug 15th: http://www.facebook.com/notes/madhu-reddy/update-from-ladakh/458198841084

Samparan Foundation
http://www.samarpanfoundation.org/website/
They are looking for :
1. As much cement - for construction.
2. As much steel - for building. 8mm * 5mm steel rods 2'' * 2'' weld mesh
3. Corrugated zinc sheets for roof. This is very urgent and to be delivered in Leh.
Please check the website for donation funds.
Collecting relief material -- warm clothing, community utensils, blankets, non-perishable food items.
If you wish to contribute towards this, do deliver stuff at our collection point -- A-212, New Friends Colony, New Delhi.
The other way to help is to volunteer to go to Leh as part of our relief team. We are likely to go there in a few days' time (not sure about the dates yet). All volunteers will have to pay towards their own travel and lodging-boarding expenses
Please contact manisha@samparanfoundation.org, cell: 09810708672

LAMO foundation
http://www.lamo.org.in/
For more info please contact Abeer Gupta at abeer.gupta@gmail.com,
or Monisha Ahmed at monisha@bom4.vsnl.net.in.
Tax exemption certificates will be available for payments.
Account name: LAMO TRUST (ALL CAPS)
Current Account number: 30913378915
RTGS CODE - SB IN 0001365
Address of branch - SBI BANK, Main Bazar, LEH
You can also contact Abeer at +91 9205024801 (Jammu and Kashmir) +91 9920958244 (Bombay / Roaming)
Updates will be posted soon by LAMO.

Goonj
http://www.goonj.org/
For updates from Goonj pls check their website and FB page for updates on Goonj will be involved. They are currently on the ground evaluating the need.
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/GOONJ/150270596264?ref=ts
For people based in US can also send in their contribution through Arpan Foundation www.arpanfoundation.org
For people based in UK can also send in their contribution through Asian Foundation for Help http://www.asianfoundation.org.uk/aboutus.html

Getoff Ur Ass
Please check their page for more details on Fundraising events in Bangalore (Aug 14th), Delhi and Mumbai. http://www.facebook.com/getoffurass?ref=ts
Those who want to contribute, they have tied with - LEDeG www.ledeg.org
Bank details; LEDeG Disaster Relief Fund
State Bank of India, Leh Branch SBI / State Bank of India ac no: 31329098516
IESC/RTGS Code: SBIN0001365
MICR Code 194002011
Swift Code: SBININBBA280
For Foreign Contribution - State Bank of India - SBI A/c No: FCRA: 10942161521 P.S;
"We also plan to have an exhibition of images contributed from folks we know soon. Sale proceeds from the exhibition will be forwarded to Ladakh towards any kind of rehabilitation work. More about the exhibition to be posted on Facebook; getoff and onthemove pages. For more details, pls contact Sandhya@getoffurass.com hand phone +919916192000"

Redcross work in Leh
http://www.ifrc.org/docs/appeals/10/MDRIN005dref.pdfPM's Relief Fund
http://pmindia.nic.in/relief.htm

Volunteer: Give your time. If organizations are looking for skilled volunteers on location ask for pertaining information. Ensure that your time and effort will be utilized properly. Volunteer closer to home, help with fund-raising efforts if possible.

*please contact organizations directly for volunteer opportunities.*

Rebuilding takes time. If you cannot help today, check with the organizations if you can do so later.

If you know other organizations that you work with please feel free to include them in your comments.
« Last Edit: Aug 26, 10, 12:45 PM by Karel »

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Re: Update on Leh, Ladakh Floods and Landslides
« Reply #2 on: Aug 17, 10, 05:20 PM »
Update from Sridhar on 11 Aug 2010 who is in Leh helping in relief works :

First. Rashid I and and AMI volunteers managed to reach Igu, a village where relief had not yet reached. The village is about 70 km from Leh, and much of it has been buried. Most villagers, however, managed to escape. Only 10 people are unaccount...ed for. it was a 11km trek, with rations, and all of us here are jubilant.

We got them biscuits, drinking water, shoes, roce, cooking oil, stove toothbrushes, paste, soaps, atta, match boxes and candles, vegetablkes, fuel, stoves and utensils.
A very satisfying start. We have informed the army people on our way back, and they have thanked us for getting them information as part of their Satbhavna drive :-)

Last heard, the account has Rs 54,000. Not a bad start.

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Re: Update on Leh, Ladakh Floods and Landslides
« Reply #3 on: Aug 17, 10, 05:40 PM »

Not many people know one of my beloved places, Ladakh, India was deeply affected by the flash floods. Landslides have affected many villages in Leh, the major city of Ladakh. This area is not widely reported in world news compare to Pakistan and China. Please help these beautiful peaceful buddhist people who have been so kind to me wh...ile I was there.

I am collecting funds in Singapore, the funds will go to Phyang and Chonglamsar village. Contact me directly,
else for general Leh relief funds
Donations can be sent to :
Beneficiary Name : Flood Relief Fund AMI
Leh Account Number : 0069040100027906 Account type :
Savings Bank Name : The Jammu & Kashmir Bank Ltd Branch :
Leh - Main Market
IFSC Code : JAKA0PRIEST

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Re: Update on Leh, Ladakh Floods and Landslides
« Reply #4 on: Aug 26, 10, 04:41 AM »
I have a friend in the Khanchendzonga Conservancy Committee in Ladakh who updated me on the situation. The people are basically using simple tools to clear away the mud and water from their houses. Just a note to material donors, probably you may look into blankets/thick clothes since winter is coming for them and tools that will help them to quickly clear the mess in their houses... Mineral water may be good too... Let's all do our part to help! =)