Amazon reacts to the disastrous floods in Assam

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Numerous families were impacted by the severe flooding in Assam, which called for quick attention and humanitarian aid. There is a severe lack of food, water, medical supplies, and other necessities as the torrential rains continue to cause the enormous displacement of millions of people. Amazon’s Disaster Relief project was ready to offer real-time assistance following a prompt needs assessment.

To ensure that aid material reaches affected populations as soon as possible in a disaster, Amazon has been striving to “pre-position” thousands of relief packs across several geographies in India (typically 48-72 hours from activating our response). Utilizing Amazon Shipping’s knowledge of crucial logistics procedures, the kits are then mobilized and distributed to the affected districts.

Each kit includes necessary, non-food goods that may be prepared and stored in advance of a disaster, such as tarpaulin sheets, mosquito nets, buckets, and sanitation and hygiene supplies. For families temporarily fleeing their homes during calamities like floods, these supplies are crucial.

Amazon Pay has teamed with two non-profit organizations, Give India and Milaap, as an exclusive payment partner for Assam flood assistance to make it possible for citizens from all over the nation to donate to the relief efforts.

When flooding was first reported in May in Biswanath, Nagaon, Karimganj, Cachar, and Darrang, Amazon quickly teamed up with a network of local NGOs, including The Centre for Catalyzing Change and Donatekart Foundation, to provide more than 1740 food packages to the affected areas.

Near the end of June, as reports of flooding grew worse, Amazon launched Phase 2 of its disaster response and sent over 1800 pre-positioned relief packages from Faridabad to Guwahati, where they were then delivered to the Morigaon district. 2000 more food kits with ration supplies and prepared foods were purchased and given to the affected areas.

By the time the second phase is finished on July 10, 2022, Amazon will have jointly spoken to about 5600 families since May 2022. All of Amazon’s community relief initiatives are carried out in conjunction with other local NGOs and volunteers, such as BoscoNet and Care India.

Amazon India’s Disaster Relief project has helped with numerous calamities over the past two years. Floods in Chennai (November 2021), Uttarakhand (October 2021), Maharashtra and Goa (June 2021), and Cyclone Tauktae in Gujarat were all responses from the previous year (May 2021).

The second COVID-19 wave, when the company provided over 10,000 vital oxygen and related medical supplies to more than 450 hospitals nationwide with its logistical arm deployed to support as a philanthropic arm, represented the largest disaster response in terms of sheer magnitude. Amazon seeks to cooperate with regional NGO networks, additional corporations and philanthropic donors, and local government players as this project grows because they are essential partners in the final mile.

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