World Vision International
article • Wednesday, September 6th 2017

6 photos: How survivors cope with floods in South Asia

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As the floods across South Asia devastated many areas in Bangladesh, India and Nepal, World Vision immediately responded to the basic needs of the children and affected families.

Reports state that over 40 million people, 16 million of which are children are impacted and more than 1,200 people have died.

Families are surviving in makeshift shelters or overcrowded camps. They face an uncertain future having lost everything, including their crops. In the coming weeks people will need help to rebuild their homes and get back on their feet.

At time of writing, World Vision staff in Bangladesh, India, and Nepal have  already reached more than 47,000 people with emergency food, shelter materials,  cash grants, nutrition support, hygiene kits, and other essentials for them to survive through the short term.

World Vision is partnering with governments, local authorities, and agencies to get the aid to the most vulnerable, especially children.


At the age of 7, Jibon has seen how the devastating floods in Bangladesh took everything that matters to him. " This is the only toy left. The flood took my toys away," he said. World Vision has supported the affected families through cash assistance to ensure that the immediate needs of the family are met.


A mom carrying her child receives cash support from World Vision. Many families have to endure living in makeshift tents and crowded camps after the floods devastated their homes. Providing cash disbursement can also help families to buy what they they urgently need most.


"When the water came in, our mattress got soaked in floodwaters. We couldn't sleep in the house," recounts Neha (center). "We're thankful to have food now."


World Vision is distributing food, shelter materials and non-food items in Bihar, Manipur and Mizoram states. Over 30 million people in India are affected by the floods.


Over 9,000 people in Nepal have been reached by providing food, shelter materials, hygiene kits, blankets, mosquito nets including nutrition support for children, pregnant women and lactating mothers.


Due to the devastating flood, the situation of children, the disabled, pregnant women and the elderly is worrying. World Vision is partnering with the local government in Nepal and other agencies to respond to the urgent needs of the most vulnerable, especially children.

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