South Asian Floods Emergency Relief

An estimated 4 million people stand to have been affected by monsoon weather across South Asia. Heavy rains and flooding have caused widespread damage to homes and livestock. In 2019, over 25 million people were affected across this region and 600 lost their lives.

HHRD has launched its’ “South Asian Floods Relief” fund to provide immediate assistance with hot meals, medicines, clean drinking water, and shelter. Millions of people are at risk as monsoon conditions threaten lives and livelihoods.

This region is considered the most devastated due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Initial plans for July 2020 are to intervene in Bangladesh and India for floodrRelief efforts, with the possibility of responding in other countries in South Asia later on.

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HHRD Emergency Response team members, along with local vetted partner NGOs, have begun providing emergency relief items to families affected by the monsoon. They are doing their best to visit hard to reach areas to ensure needs are being met. As conditions worsen, we ask that you keep these victims in your prayers.

Monsoon Conditions Devastate Bangladesh: Monsoon flooding has left a third of Bangladesh underwater as 23 districts are affected by heavy rainfall and strong winds. An estimated 1.5 million are at immediate risk as rising waters inundate and damage homes, roads, educational institutions, and crop fields with water levels of all major rivers in upper Meghna basin, Brahmaputra-Jamuna and Gages basins rising.

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Badly Affected Areas in Bangladesh: North and North eastern districts of Rangpur, Nilphamari, Gaibandha, Lalmonirhat, Kurigram, Sylhet, and Sunamgonj.

Situation on The Ground: Hundreds of homes have been damaged due to flooding, crop fields are submerged with water and roads have become impassible. The next few days are crucial with weather forecasts point towards rising waters due to continuous rainfall.

HHRD is working closely with vetted partner NGOs in the region to provide the best possible emergency relief through food, medicine, water and shelter.

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Helping Hand USA has been providing long term relief to the Bangladeshi people through programs such as Orphan Support, Water for Life, Seasonal Provisions, Emergency Relief, Shelter, and Rohingya Refugee Relief, while in India, HHRD has the Orphan Support, Skills Development & Livelihood, Education Support, Orphanage, Healthcare, Seasonal Provisions (including for Rohingya Refugees), and Emergency Relief & Shelter Programs.

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Monsoon Flooding Creates Deplorable Conditions in India: News coming from Assam shows millions of people affected, thousands of villages submerged, and countless struggling for their livelihood. Over the past two weeks the water level of the Brahmaputra River and its sub rivers are over the danger level.

Badly Affected Areas in India: Dhemaji, Udalguri, Darrang, Nalbari, Hojai, Nagaon, Golaghat, Jorhat, Majuli, Sivasagar, Barpeta, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, West Karbi Anglong, South Salmara, Goalpara, Kamrup, Morigaon, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia districts have been badly affected by the floods.

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Situation on the Ground: Many flood victims are seeking safety on tin roofs due to the lack of high ground nearby. Others are taking shelter at temporary camps however, government relief is not sufficient as of yet. Authorities have also set up 480 camps across 20 districts, providing temporary shelter for more than 60,000 people while an estimated 2 million are affected. Reports coming from the region state they are running out of electricity, sanitizer, mosquito net, and drinking water facilities. Farmers have lost their food grain stocks.

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