2017 South Asia Flood Response
Give2Asia is currently mobilizing immediate and direct support for local organizations listed below that are based in northeast India, Nepal and Bangladesh. Primary needs include medical services, shelter, and emergency response coordination between local, national and international responders.
Updated on September 21, 2017
South Asia is home to 1.2 billion people and experiencing its worst flooding in years.
Bangladesh, India and Nepal are facing the brunt of this disaster with at least 1,200 killed and an estimated 40 million affected.
Close to 2 million children are impacted across the region with 18,000 schools damaged and thousands of acres of crops destroyed, stripping rural families of their core source of income.
In India alone, 32 million have been severely affected across four key states in the northeast and Mumbai.
Bangladesh is reported to have the most number of houses damaged at 697,000.
In Nepal, the floods and landslides have affected over 100,000 houses, cut off many communities from essential electricity supply and damaged roads, making relief response even more challenging in this small Himalayan nation.
Current Partners & Projects
Our list of response partners is growing. Please check back here regularly for more details.
Sustainable Environment and Ecological Development Society (SEEDS):
SEEDS works towards making communities resilient towards disasters. It brings a wide range of capacities through its experience in post disaster response, recovery and rehabilitation in last 20 years, and is a recipient of the 2010 CNN IBN Award for Public Service for its work for flood affected victims in north India. With the inundation of water and sand deposits from landslides, homes and schools across Assam, Bihar, West Bengal, and Uttar Pradesh will be rendered uninhabitable. Stagnant waters will pose health threats for the next few weeks. SEEDS will run temporary medical camps in affected regions; provide affected families with WASH kits to encourage safe water and sanitation practices; support affected communities with sanitation units; create temporary shelters out of local materials; and aid the continuation of education for the next few months with temporary learning centers for displaced children.
Habitat for Humanity India:
The local India entity of Habitat has been in the country since 1983 and provides shelter and relief services in times of disaster. HFH-India is working on providing 9,000 affected families with humanitarian aid, transitional shelter and family essential kits.
An Organisation for Socio- Economic Development (AOSED):
AOSED provides services such as DRR planning and environmental conservation, AOSED mobilizes for relief during monsoon season. This organization is currently working with its communities to provide immediate relief and other services. In addition, as part of Give2Asia’s disaster preparedness program, AOSED will also be part of longer-term disaster preparedness discussions to better prepare for future monsoons.
Bangladesh Environment and Development Society (BEDS):
BEDS works in coastal regions and focuses on the environment and disaster programs. This organization is currently working with its communities to provide immediate relief and other services. In addition, as part of Give2Asia’s disaster preparedness program, BEDS will also be part of longer-term disaster preparedness discussions to better prepare for future monsoons.
Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (ACORAB):
ACORAB promotes, protects and strengthens the capacity of community radios to establish themselves as the fundamental tools for disaster resilience building and social transformation in Nepal. While hundreds of families in Nepal has been displaced, much of the situation is still unknown because communication towers around the country are disrupted and communities are unable to send or receive information. According to ACORAB’s assessments, more than 40 community radio stations have been directly affected and electricity supply is down. Community radio’s are essential to restore communication and inform the people of necessary disaster relief and recovery information. ACORAB plans to restore power and replace essential radio communication in the country.
To date, Give2Asia has swiftly and thoughtfully responded to over 60 natural disasters in Asia and rebuilt local communities with $50 million in funding.