Flood relief in India and Bangladesh

In South Asia, the monsoon generally occurs in June, but it came in March this year. North-eastern India and north-eastern Bangladesh experienced the most severe floods, seriously affecting the people in both countries.

As of 16 July, 195 people had died, and 37 had gone missing in north-eastern India. There were approximately 900,000 people affected. According to the UN’s report on 15 July, 18,000 homes were destroyed, and over 120,000 were partially damaged, causing 90,000 people to stay in shelters. Hygiene became an issue to local people that they lacked toilets and clean water, not even a place to lay their heads on. Farms were still under floodwater and could only be farmed when the water receded, leaving the farmers with severe food and livelihood issues.

As reported by the UN on 16 July, 7 million people were affected in north-eastern Bangladesh, half of whom were children. Many homes were destroyed, and around 20,000 people took refuge in shelters. As the flood damaged some shelters which needed repairments, elementary school campuses were used as temporary shelters. Local people were also facing hygiene problems. The Department of Public Health Engineering of Bangladesh estimated that 106,727 water points and 283,355 sanitation facilities were ruined.

It is still a long road to restoring both India and Bangladesh. After the flood, it is reported that Indian residents are threatened by Japanese encephalitis (stagnant water favours mosquitos breeding and hence the transmission of the disease). As of 18 July, 27 people died from the disease. Water-borne diseases, such as diarrhoea and skin and respiratory diseases, also emerge in Bangladesh, with over 10,000 cases by 13 July.

CEDAR Fund decided to support partners in these two countries by funding HK$170,000 to help 2,500 people in Assam of India and HK$117,000 to help 4,500 people in Moulovibazar of Bangladesh. Hopefully, this can provide food and hygiene items for victims in poverty to reduce the risk of getting the disease.

Project details

India

  • Food delivered: Rice, beans, salt, spices, oil, supplements for pregnant women and infants
  • Non-food items delivered: bucket and jug, mosquito net, waterproof fabrics, hygiene items

Bangladesh

  • Food delivered: Rice, beans, salt
  • Hygiene items: Soap, sanitary napkins, water purification tablets, oral rehydration saline

Banner Photo: The Guardian

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