Devastating floods affect 137 million people worldwide
With over half the country under water, Bangladesh is one of the worst affected countries. Monsoon rains have wreaked havoc across the country bursting river banks and leaving over 9 million marooned in their villages. Thousands of people have been living on their rooftops for over a week with rescue teams struggling to reach them.
"The scale of the flooding is even worse than previous years," said Amjad Saleem, Muslim Aid Bangladesh Country Director, "Across the country people are in dire need of clean water and food."
The Muslim Aid field office in Bangladesh together with Muslim Aid's Canada-based Worldwide Emergency and Disaster Response partner Global Medic will be implementing emergency relief operations worth £750,000 in 13 of the worst-hit areas, concentrating on food supplies, medical care and water purification systems. Muslim Aid has pledged a total of £1 million, and will be working with Global Medic to utilise it in further relief operations.
In the Indian states of Bihar, West Bengal and Assam, Muslim Aid is planning to work through our local partners to bring relief to some of the 10 million people who have been hit by the heavy rains. Al-Jazeera news reports that at least 251 people have died in India since last week, many of these children who have drowned or been crushed by collapsing buildings and trees.
In neighbouring Pakistan, millions of people are still facing terrible conditions in the aftermath of the floods that happened last month. Five people were killed and at least 10 others injured after heavy rain and strong winds lashed different parts of Sindh on Wednesday. However Muslim Aid is still on the ground in the flood-affected areas of Sindh and Baluchistan running water purification systems and medical centres. With more rain expected, we are preparing ourselves for another emergency.
Sudan is the forgotten victim. Over the last few weeks the worst flooding in decades has uprooted thousands of people and killed at least 70.
Damage has also been caused to various IDP (Internally Displaced People) camps in the Umm Durman area, north of Khartoum. 3,500 houses were destroyed in the area, rendering residents of the camps homeless. A further 7,000 houses were damaged in surrounding areas together with 11 primary schools, 3 secondary schools and a hospital.
Muslim Aid has been providing food and clothes to thousands in Khartoum state and will be starting a major relief operation next week to provide clean water and medicines.
Muslim Aid is currently liaising with our partner Global Medic to arrange a specialist team to visit flood-affected areas in both Bangladesh and Sudan to provide water purification systems and medicines which will be essential as disease starts to spread following the floods.
Many of these countries face severe flooding annually. This year we have experienced it here at home in the UK. Muslim Aid is contributing to the British Red Cross appeal and recovery work by raising money for the thousands of people around the country who have lost their homes and belongings and face a long struggle to get their lives back to normal.
We need your donation today to help people in their time of need. Please give generously to:
- World Flood Appeal
- UK Flood Appeal
Donate online today at www.muslimaid.org or call us on +44 (0)20 7377 4200
Please note, continuous updates will be posted on the Muslim Aid website on the progress of the aid relief sent to the affected areas and people. Please visit regularly to keep up-to-date on the situation.