Assistance to Flood Victims in South Asia

22 August, 2017 South Asia, Emergency Response
India, Bangladesh and Nepal have experienced devastating floods and monsoon rains as well, leading to some of the worst flooding that has been seen in decades. With these floods and monsoon rains naturally comes the great risk of water borne diseases occurring, such as AWD, malaria, Japanese encephalitis, dengue.

• In India, the states of Bihar and Assam have been severely affected with the situation likely to worsen. Thousands have had their homes and agricultural lands flooded and schools along the river have been damaged. Flood water is beginning to head south. These cities are in dire need of health and hygiene kits.

• In Bangladesh, flooding has devastated the northern districts, with approximately 4.8 million people in 26 districts being affected. Many communities have become isolated and no longer have land access. River levels are higher than usual during a monsoon season and it is anticipated more districts will be flooded in the following days. Residents of these communities are in urgent need of food, safe water, and medical supplies.

• In Nepal, monsoon rains in the Terai region have claimed the lives of over 100 people and have displaced thousands. It is estimated that 1.7 million people have been affected. In the wake of this humanitarian crisis, Terai residents are in crucial need of food assistance.

Photo Credit: REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
 

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