08 Febrary 2011
As winter prevails, the needs of the 20 million flood affectees have been growing. The Government of Japan has very generously addressed the need of the nation during this critical time by providing the UN-HABITAT funding of $45 million to assist the affectees. This substantial amount will go towards early recovery involving shelter, water, sanitation, hygiene, and land and community infrastructure.
6 months after the monsoon floods of 2010, the humanitarian community is moving towards an ‘early recovery’ phase. UN-HABITAT is increasing the provision of one room shelters to vulnerable households and is providing adequate shelters to extremely vulnerable households. Through the restoration and rehabilitation of water, sanitation and hygiene for the flood affected families, UN-HABITAT flood relief activities aim to reduce the incidence of mortality and morbidity due to waterborne diseases among communities by providing safe drinking water and basic sanitation.
fforts will be increased in assisting local governments, community organizations and the private sector through capacity building, institutional strengthening and training. Sustainable community recovery and return of IDP’s will be facilitated through the rehabilitation of community infrastructure and cash for work programmes targeting debris removal. Furthermore, ensuring that returning IDP’s have equal rights to housing, land and property, security of tenure and equal access to inheritance is an integral part of the project goals as well.
The Government of Japans funding will be instrumental in helping UN-HABITATs flood relief activities progress and expand to reach a broader population and affectively address the basic emergency and rehabilitation needs of the flood affectees.