Islamic Relief is launching an emergency appeal in response to the floods in Bangladesh. 1.5 million children are at increased risk of drowning, disease and malnutrition.
The international relief agency, Islamic Relief, today launched an emergency appeal to help those hard hit by the worst floods in two decades in northeast Bangladesh, as thousands face shortages of food and basic necessities.
Homes, roads and cropland were badly damaged, and schools and buildings were submerged in water. 70% of Sylhet district and 60% of neighboring Sunamganj district were affected, leaving two million people stranded and dozens dead.
Around 50,000 families have been without power for days in the town of Sylhet due to submerged power stations, depriving people of electricity. Thousands of toilets and tube wells have already been destroyed, and without proper sanitation and shelter, many are even more vulnerable to the spread of disease.
Communications and transport have been severely disrupted and the United Nations said on Monday that more than 1.5 million children in the country were at increased risk of waterborne diseases, drowning and malnutrition due to flooding.
Islamic Relief is on the ground, providing essential food, sanitation and hygiene kits, as well as repairing vital shelter for thousands of people in need. They are also running life-saving hygiene promotion sessions to help thousands of people get through the ongoing crisis as safely as possible.
Tufail Hussain, director of Islamic Relief UK, said:
*”This is one of the worst floods in decades for this region and millions of people are now at risk of disease and malnutrition.
* “We react immediately and cannot allow a secondary disaster to occur due to the lack of food and clean water, the essentials that are needed to save lives at this critical time.
*”Sadly, we are once again seeing the devastating effects of climate change and it is those who are least responsible for the climate crisis who are bearing the brunt of these emergencies.” *
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