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India: SHELTER STRATEGY - Leh Floods

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Purpose of this strategy document

The flash floods in Leh in August 2010 were unprecedented in nature and scale, and have left a large section of the affected population at the mercy of the harsh climate. One of the most critical needs is to restore houses within the next few weeks so that those rendered homeless can survive the extreme winter.

SEEDS has worked on post-disaster shelter response in most of the major emergencies in the recent past, including Gujarat earthquake, Indian Ocean tsunami, Kashmir earthquake, Rajasthan floods, Orissa floods and Bihar Kosi floods. It has in-house technical expertise on structural safety, architecture, environmental planning, community-based processes and construction work.

LEDeG has been active in the Leh, Ladakh region on the issue of environmentally appropriate shelter, and has established a rural building centre for research and propagating environmentally appropriate technologies. The building centre is located in Choglamsar, one of the worst-affected villages.

Together, SEEDS and LEDeG have developed a shelter strategy that combines the environmental, cultural, temporal and risk reduction needs in the current context. We share this with all stakeholders concerned , including government agencies, fellow organisations extending humanitarian assistance in Ladakh, and the affected families, to get feedback, and to move towards a jointly owned and unified shelter response strategy.

Manu Gupta
Director, SEEDS

Mohammad Hasnain
Director, LE