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The monsoon and flood affected communities in North India

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People from the Parsi caste shelter from a rainstorm along an embankment surrounded by land flooded by the river Ghaghara...Flooding along the River Ghaghara on July 29th forced the evacuation of people from the villages of Para and Reta in Barabanki District, Uttar Pradesh state. Residents, all of them from the Parsi scheduled caste, are now living in make-shift homes on an embankment 1km away. Three weeks later, many of their homes are still either beneath water or are uninhabitable. Crops have been destroyed. The government have provided essential rations of rice, salt, pulses and kerosine. Unicef supports a Barabanki district health department mobile health camp by providing medicines and funding. The health camp proved DPT, BCG and measles vaccination for children as well as general health check-ups for adults and children. Unicef has also disitributed ORS (Oral Rehydration), clorine tablets, jerry-cans and tarpaulin sheets to the displaced Parsi community. ..Flooding, begining at the end of July 2007, has ravaged 14 districts in India's northern Uttar Pradesh state. Crops have been destroyed, people left homeless and communities isolated. The districts of Barabanki and Gorakhpur are among those still suffering rainfall. Together with the government, Unicef is providing relief to affected communities, many of whom are without the resources to adequately cope with the situation. Supplies of chlorine tablets, ORS (Oral Rehydration Salts), tarpaulin and mosquito nets have been distributed by Unicef among affected communities. With the support of local administrations, Unicef has begun the construction of eco-san latrines in areas that have suffered flooding. Information on hygiene and sanitation has been provided in an effort to stem the threat of water-bourne disease. Unicef and the government have joined forces to send doctors into flood-affected areas. These mobile health-units provide consultation and treatment as well as medicine to those suffering in the flo
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People from the Parsi caste shelter from a rainstorm along an embankment surrounded by land flooded by the river Ghaghara...Flooding along the River Ghaghara on July 29th forced the evacuation of people from the villages of Para and Reta in Barabanki District, Uttar Pradesh state. Residents, all of them from the Parsi scheduled caste, are now living in make-shift homes on an embankment 1km away. Three weeks later, many of their homes are still either beneath water or are uninhabitable. Crops have been destroyed. The government have provided essential rations of rice, salt, pulses and kerosine. Unicef supports a Barabanki district health department mobile health camp by providing medicines and funding. The health camp proved DPT, BCG and measles vaccination for children as well as general health check-ups for adults and children. Unicef has also disitributed ORS (Oral Rehydration), clorine tablets, jerry-cans and tarpaulin sheets to the displaced Parsi community. ..Flooding, begining at the end of July 2007, has ravaged 14 districts in India's northern Uttar Pradesh state. Crops have been destroyed, people left homeless and communities isolated. The districts of Barabanki and Gorakhpur are among those still suffering rainfall. Together with the government, Unicef is providing relief to affected communities, many of whom are without the resources to adequately cope with the situation. Supplies of chlorine tablets, ORS (Oral Rehydration Salts), tarpaulin and mosquito nets have been distributed by Unicef among affected communities. With the support of local administrations, Unicef has begun the construction of eco-san latrines in areas that have suffered flooding. Information on hygiene and sanitation has been provided in an effort to stem the threat of water-bourne disease. Unicef and the government have joined forces to send doctors into flood-affected areas. These mobile health-units provide consultation and treatment as well as medicine to those suffering in the flo