This year the South Asian countries of Nepal, India and Bangladesh have had record breaking monsoon rains, resulting in severe flooding in some areas. While most of our media have focused on the hurricanes that have been experienced in the Caribbean, since mid-August there has been a steady flow of reports of flooding across north India.
Bangladesh is at the bottom of the rivers that carry all that flood water. All the flood water from Nepal and the northeast of India ultimately makes its way down through Bangladesh. A part of this is something that happens every year. Silt from the monsoon floods off the Himalayan ranges is what has made Bangladesh over thousands of years. The annual flood keeps Bangladesh fertile, and able to feed its large population.
This year’s flood looked for a while as if it was going to break all records. In the end result it has not been as bad as that, but still there has been significant damage, particularly for communities living near the major rivers. Crops have been wiped out. Houses have been inundated and property lost. Roads and bridges have been washed out, and communication has been difficult.
Banzaid’s partner organisation in Bangladesh, Baptist Aid-BBCF, is gearing up to help in two particular communities where they have connections with affected families.
The first area is around the District of Chandpur. This is an area where New Zealand Baptists have worked for many years, and concerns the communities that have been part of our TCDC project for the last 10 years. These communities are close to the main river, and have been hit with water through their houses and fields. Many of them are day labourers, and have been unable to work through the peak of the flood time. Baptist Aid have identified 78 families that have been particularly affected, and have planned a distribution of food, and some funds for repair and replacement of household items damaged by the flood. Cost $6,000.
The second community is north of Dhaka in Jamalpur District. Here Baptist Aid staff have identified 80 families that they want to help with house repairs and (once the flood water goes down) help with replanting their fields. Cost NZ$ 6,000.
This is only $75 per family, but will make an enormous difference to these people. We need your help to meet this need. You can make a donation here.