Worries about flooding in Bangladesh, Nepal and India

It is being called the worst flooding in more than a decade across parts of Nepal, India and Bangladesh. At least 24 million people have been affected. The Guardian reports that 800 people have died across the three countries. Max Foundation, obviously concerned about the people in our project areas as well as the general devastation, is monitoring the situation closely.

Colleagues in Dhaka have reported that three of our projects (in the district of Kurigram and Sunamgonj in Bangladesh) have been seriously impacted. No deaths have been reported so far. However, our local Nepalese partner NGO Karuna Foundation reported there may be a few people missing. We will continue to be in touch with them for updates and hope for the best. 

(Photo: flooded urban slum in Kurigram)

What is being done?
While we are not a humanitarian response organisation, we will do what we can to support our local partners serving affected communities. It is crucial in these situations to make people in the affected communities aware about environmental hygiene, to minimise the post-disaster impact and prevent an extreme increase in water related diseases. Our local partner organisation ESDO for example, who implement Max-WASH in the Kurigram slums, are holding so-called health camps for affected people. In Chhatak, our partner VERC, who run our project preventing stunting in children, are currently sharing responsive alert messages on protecting health.

(photo: Deep tube well submerged

According to ReliefWeb, the Bangladesh government has allocated 6.8 million BDT (USD $ 0.09 million) and 1,219 local medical teams have been deployed to the flood affected districts to address emerging health problems. The UN is discussing possible support to complement ongoing Government efforts.

We wish everyone affected all the best in recovering from this disaster and follow up with an update soon.

If you want to learn more or offer support to our local partner NGOs in restoring the WASH services affected by the disaster, please contact Ania Sharwood (Communication manager) through ania@maxfoundation.nl.


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