Heavy monsoon rains have started to cause havoc across large parts of Bangladesh, Pakistan and India with Nepal now facing severe floods.
ActionAid programmes in the region have been placed on high alert and we are responding in close co-operation with international organisations and local partners.
In Bangladesh, ActionAid is distributing clean water and addressing sanitation, medical and public hygiene needs. Pakistan has seen the provision of food and non-food items and hygiene kits to families still recovering from last year’s unprecedented floods. In India, ActionAid is providing temporary shelter.
Keshav Gautam, ActionAid’s Regional Director for Asia said:
“Flooding, like all other human made or natural disasters, is catastrophic for people who lose their houses, farms, land and possessions and are forced to leave their homes.
“Poverty, rising food prices, the impact of climate change and poor management of water systems mean that the most vulnerable families are being pushed to the brink.
“This is not nature's fault alone. We need to do more than simply help these families get back on their feet and instead work with them to ensure it does not happen again.
“Governments and donors must prioritize compensation to uprooted families.”