More than 40 million people across South Asia have been affected by relentless flooding. An estimated 1,200 lives have been lost, while survivors’ homes and livelihoods have been destroyed.
Two months of persistent monsoon rains have caused widespread flooding in India, Nepal and Bangladesh. These are the worst floods to hit South Asia for years.
Hundreds of thousands of people have been evacuated from the worst hit areas and are living in temporary shelters.
As the monsoon season persists, numbers affected will rise. With millions at risk and in urgent need of shelter, food and clean water, we need to act now.
Please donate to our South Asia Floods Appeal so we can reach survivors with essential supplies.
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How we are responding
We are working with our partners in India, Nepal and Bangladesh to help people whose homes and crops have been lost.
Our immediate priorities are clean water, shelter and prevention of disease.
We are providing safe drinking water, hygiene materials, tarpaulin and ground sheeting for shelters, and mosquito nets. We are also educating survivors on good hygiene practices to limit the spread of water-borne diseases, such as cholera.
We need your support so we can scale up our response and help those affected to rebuild their lives.
Flooding leaves families in need
Vulnerable people urgently need food, clean water and shelter.
Kushmatia Masomat is a 64-year-old widow living in a village in Bihar, India. She scrapes together a living as an agricultural labourer and looks after her four grandchildren while her son, also a labourer, travels to look for work. Kushmatia’s village floods every year. But this year is different. The water level rose suddenly, unexpectedly - and after nearly two months, it shows no sign of receding. Kushmatia and her grandchildren are now living by the roadside, with only the clothes on their backs. Kushmatia is worried. The fields are under water, so there is no work to be found. The family can’t get access to healthcare, and food supplies are running out. ‘If this situation continues for the next few days, we will begin to starve,’ she says.
Photo credit: CASA India