ActionAid’s Asia Head Jagat Patnaik says:
“Over a third of Bangladesh and Nepal and large areas of India have been flooded and there are real fears that polluted flood waters will lead to outbreaks of disease and severe food shortages.
“The flooding is already much worse than usual - much of Nepal has seen the worst rain in 15 years - and we expect it to get worse as the monsoon rains continue for another six weeks.
“ActionAid is responding on the ground with an immediate humanitarian response in all three countries. In Bangladesh, we are already providing cash help in Jamalpur;
“In India, ActionAid and our partners have been responding to the immediate needs of communities in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Assam, Gujarat, and Rajasthan; in Nepal our local aid workers are currently on the ground getting emergency food and water to people in desperate need in Banke, Morang, Siraha, Parsa and Bara.”
Millions of people are in urgent need and ActionAid is especially concerned about women and children under five, who we believe to be the most vulnerable. Millions of people’s businesses and crops have been destroyed, leaving people hungry and unable to support themselves or their families.
Right now, people’s most pressing needs include food, shelter, clean water, bedding and warm clothes. We are also providing hygiene kits to ensure proper sanitation and hygiene for women and girls and help prevent the spread of waterborne diseases, which are always a concern after major floods.