During the flooding in Bangladesh, Bibha’s house was washed away. With her family she managed to take shelter in a neighbouring house.
Both she and her eldest daughter fell sick with a fever. With the roads destroyed around Kurigram she had no way to get to the health centre to get help.
Bibha’s husband is a labourer, but during monsoon season he doesn’t have any work and the whole family has to survive on only one meal a day. Now their circumstances had just got much worse.
by Andrew Horton
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With over 700,000 cases of cholera affecting over 90 per cent of the country, and a conflict that has devastated lives, and destroyed much of its infrastructure and economy, this is a nation on its knees.
Jo Khinmaung-Moore, Tearfund’s Senior Policy Adviser on climate change and energy explains what’s happening in the flood-hit areas, why the flooding is so bad this time and how Tearfund (and you) can make a long-term difference.
How bad are the floods?
The current floods are the worst in decades and are happening across a larger area than tends to be affected during the monsoon. An estimated 24 million people have been affected so far.
How has this flooding occurred?
AT A GLANCE
- 16 million people affected
- 10,000 homes destroyed and 100 schools closed in Nepal
- Nearly 3,000 villages underwater in Assam state, India
- More than 600,000 people forced to flee their homes in Bangladesh
- Tearfund’s local partners on the ground now
Hundreds of people have been killed and millions left without shelter by extensive flooding across India, Nepal and Bangladesh.
Tearfund’s Country Representative in Sierra Leone speaks of the terrible destruction he has witnessed, following the terrible flooding and landslides – as well as ‘a great outpouring of love’ in the affected areas.
Tearfund is currently working closely with its local partners in Sierra Leone to plan a response to this week’s deadly landslides, which have killed hundreds, possibly thousands of people.
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We are looking for an experienced and highly motivated Humanitarian Response Advisor, based in Nairobi, Kenya to provide support to Tearfund’s East Africa Crisis Response (covering Ethiopia, Kenya and Somaliland, and potentially South Sudan). This is an exciting and varied role.
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