October 5, 2011
On September 18, a 6.9 magnitude earthquake rocked the Sikkim and West Bengal region in India. 10,000 people lost their homes and livelihoods in the quake. PWRDF has provided $20,000 to the Churches’ Auxiliary for Social Action (CASA) a PWRDF partner in the region– who have been responding to the situation.
Nearly 200 houses in the village of Lachung, in northern Sikkim, were destroyed during the earthquake and subsequent landslides. Sameer Pradhan, a resident of the village, said, “We are living in camps. There have been landslides. We don’t know when it will fall on our houses, so we are living outside.”
CASA is providing relief kits to 1000 families in the region which include blankets, a pressure cooker and utensils, a bucket, hygiene kit, and a tarpaulin for shelter. In addition to the resources, CASA will be rebuilding 100 houses in Sikkim.
In West Bengal, CASA is conducting damage assessments and will be responding to needs as they become apparent.