Response to Himalaya Flooding, July 2013

In July 2013, the Ashmore Foundation responded provided a donation of £20,000 to various organisations tackling undertaking emergency relief efforts in the wake of the Himalaya flooding.

The Uttarakhand state of Northern India has been devastated by massive monsoons which started on June 14th, believed to be the worst in 80 years, triggering landslides and high flood waters that have washed away entire villages. It is estimated the flooding has killed 5,000 people with a further 5,000 unaccounted for, many of which may never be found. At the last count, 100,000 people have had to be evacuated and 20,000 local businesses have been destroyed. Rescue operations, delivery of clean water and medicine supplies have been hampered due to the difficulty of accessing the region and helicopter fuel shortages.

Following an Ashmore-wide vote, the Ashmore Foundation has provided £5,000 each to existing grantees, MSS Seva and Pragya, who are based in the region, towards emergency relief operations. The Foundation has also made a donation of £10,000 to the United Way of India. Funds will be used to assist immediate relief in the form of blankets, medicine, food, clean water, shelter and other supplies; and midterm reconstruction, so that affected populations will be assisted with temporary homes, temporary schooling and medical interventions to prevent and control epidemics/ waterborne diseases.