Assam Emergency Appeal

    In July powerful flash floods engulfed the state of Assam in north east India. Entire settlements of bamboo houses were swept away, bridges collapsed, and provincial towns were totally cut off after road and rail links were severed.

    The worst floods in over a decade, over 100 people lost their lives. Approximately two million people were displaced, half a million of whom are now living in makeshift camps.

    In the immediate aftermath sadly, communal violence broke out in the flood-hit areas leading to the displacement of 400,000 people. Homes were burnt down and 200 lives were lost as clashes broke out between the majority-Bodo population and Muslims. The riots engulfed seven of Assam’s districts. Hundreds of villages have been razed to the ground. Under intense pressure, many Muslim families have been forced to leave everything behind.

    Floods and civil unrest means hundreds of thousands of Muslims are now living in the open or under tarpaulin sheets if fortunate. Ummah Welfare Trust has launched an urgent appeal for funds to help provide immediate relief to them.

    ‘And know that your possessions and your children are but a trial and that surely with Allah is a mighty reward.’

    - Surah al-Anfal, Verse 28

    Emergency food and utensils packs have been distributed to 900 families living in displacement camps across Assam.

    Although the violence has subsided, the situation remains tense. It unlikely that displaced families will be able to return home to their villages.

    Following assessments, Ummah Welfare Trust has therefore decided to construct low-cost temporary housing for families still residing in the relief camps. InshaAllah these abodes will offer some stability to these displaced Muslims who currently remain in limbo.

    The dimensions of one house will be 12’ x 24’ x 10’ and will have a floor area of 288 square feet. Alhamdulillah a large home like this can house 6-8 people. Each home will also contain toilet facilities.

    For displaced families who have an opportunity to return home, the houses can importantly be dismantled and re-assembled again.



    Ummah Welfare Trust intends to build 150 houses inshaAllah. The cost of one house (including full assembly) is £600. The charity is asking donors to help in this rehabilitation phase and donate generously inshaAllah.

    You can give Zakah, Sadaqah and Lillah for this important project. Let us help bring dignity back to ours brothers and sisters in Assam inshaAllah.