25th August 2017

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SOUTH ASIA FLOODS: HOW TEARFUND ARE RESPONDING

 

 

Hundreds of people have been killed and millions left without shelter by extensive flooding across India, Nepal and Bangladesh.

 

 

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

 

Heavier than usual monsoon rains have left vast swathes of land underwater, as well as causing landslides across the region. Nearly 800 people are thought to have been killed, with the situation expected to worsen.

 

Responding to the crisis

As well as people losing their homes and businesses, large areas of farmland have been destroyed. The floods have struck at the beginning of the planting season, leading to fears of severe food shortages in the future. Flood waters also carry a high risk of spreading infectious disease.

 

Tearfund have been well established in all three countries for several decades, and we are currently working with our partners and alongside local governments to help the most vulnerable. Many people have lost everything in the floods, and our focus is currently on meeting the most immediate needs of shelter, food and safe water.

 

Our local partners have set up emergency health camps, and are distributing essential items such as tents, blankets and clothes. Medical support will be given to those who are suffering from waterborne diseases, such as skin diseases, diarrhoea, cholera and dysentery.

 

We are also providing cooking equipment, food supplies and hygiene kits to those most in need. In Bangladesh, work has already begun to support people in repairing their homes. Meanwhile, tools and materials for agricultural recovery have been distributed to hundreds of families.

 

‘They are doing everything they can’

However, the extent of the flooding has made many areas difficult to access. ‘I'm hearing stories of communities who are still unreachable unless by helicopter,’ says Douwe Dijkstra, Tearfund’s Country Director for Nepal. ‘Many mud houses have collapsed and people are living in schools and in open areas without clean water and toilets.’

 

‘This year’s flood has a much larger geographic spread than the last big one in 2008,’ adds Prince David, our Country Representative in India. ‘In Bihar, one of our partner’s hospitals was flooded. Yet they are doing everything they can, working closely with the local government to help people.’

 

With such a large area affected, and with many places almost impossible to reach, the full extent of the damage remains unknown. What is clear, however, is that the impact of these floods will last long into the future.

 

Tearfund and our partners are on the ground now, and will stay for as long as it takes. Once people’s short-term needs have been provided for, we will be there to help people rebuild their lives and plan for the future. What’s more, our resilience work will continue to train and equip communities to be prepared for disasters such as this.

 

 

Pray for the work

 

 

* Lift up those who have lost loved ones and their homes and for those whose crops have also been destroyed. Pray for God’s comfort, strength and hope.

* Pray for the emergency services as they struggle to reach those affected by the heavy rains. Pray for those who have not yet been reached. Pray also for the government agencies working in the affected areas.

* Pray for wisdom for Tearfund and its partners in their response that we would be able to reach and help those who are most in need, both now and in the longer term.

 

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A note from...

 

 

'Our partners on the ground are extremely well placed in terms of skills, experience, passion and relationships (with local communities, government and other agencies) and are already doing tremendous work to help those most in need, despite the very difficult conditions. Please pray for this work and that financial resources will be available to support the huge needs that are becoming evident.'

 

Steve Collins

Geographic Head for Asia

 

 

PRAYER POINTS FROM

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Prayer Item #1

 

We continue to respond to the mudslides and flooding in Freetown, Sierra Leone, ensuring families can meet their basic needs. Please pray for God's comfort for the communities affected, and for the continued strengthening and encouragement of Tearfund's staff and church partners who are working tireless to help affected families.

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Prayer Item #2

 

As the battle continues for the Syrian city of Raqqa please pray for those caught up in the fighting. Pray for Tearfund and its partners working among Syrian refugees across the Middle East to bring help and comfort. And pray for peace in Syria.

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Prayer Item #3

 

August has seen elections in Rwanda and Kenya and this week Angola went to the polls. Praise God that these have mostly been peaceful. Please pray for these nations and for the governments that are being established as a result, that they may truly serve their people.

 

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