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Assistance to flood-affected households in West Bengal State

Between June and September 2011 heavy rainfall and flooding across the state of West Bengal, affecting 15 districts and more than three million people, led the government to open 10 relief camps. Now, as the water recedes and people have returned to their homes, serious water, sanitation, hygiene, shelter and livelihood concerns are emerging, as well as obvious needs for strengthening the disaster preparedness capacity of the communities. 7,350 people (1,470 households) from among the most vulnerable households (woman or child-led households, households affected by flooding or without land) will benefit from targeted livelihood and hygiene promotion activities for a duration of 6 months, while the entire population of the concerned areas (37,359 people) will improve access to productive infrastructure, including both those sites rehabilitated through Cash for Work and 7 tube wells and 7 school latrine blocks constructed or rehabilitated, as well as from Cash for Work activities.