Monsoon floods hit Bangladesh

Leah Paxton | Bangladesh

A monsoon has hit South Asian nations, causing severe flooding and landslides and killing over 100 people. The flood situation in the northern region of Bangladesh continues to worsen as water from all the major rivers flows high above the danger mark.

Families who are already poor have now lost all their land, belongings and food supplies. Flooding has moved to new areas and the situation in these different districts is getting worse as people’s way of life in these areas is badly affected.

As a result of flooding, ferry services, rail and bus routes have been seriously hampered, affecting communications between the capital cities. 

So far 14 people have died in Bangladesh and according to the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief, over 500,000 families in 309 unions of 59 upazilas (sub-districts) under 16 districts have been affected amid floods. 

The government has already released rice and packets of dry food for the flood-affected, and some NGOs have come to helped affected people, but this is not enough to supply for their needs. They need more dry food, medicine and other relief items. 

Many primary schools, colleges and educational centers have been inundated with flood water and their regular activities have been disrupted. The flooding has hit two of OM’s village primary schools and the families in the areas where OM works have also been badly affected. (Report as of 10 August, 2016) 

As an initial response, OM aims to provide basic food supplies and medicine to 200 families in the affected areas where OM's development projects run. A gift of USD 85 helps supply one family, with 4-5 members each, a package of emergency provision. To give a gift toward 'OM Bangladesh Crisis Response', please click here or contact your local OM office. Any surplus funds will be used for additional crisis needs as laid out in the OM Bangladesh Crisis Relief Plan. With your support, we can provide emergency care to families in need and express God's love and compassion in action. 

Thank you for your care and support for families in desperate need in Bangladesh!

Published: Friday, 26 August 2016
Credit: Leah Paxton
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