16 September 2014
As heavy monsoon rains cause devastation across South Asia, the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is bringing vital help – from food and medical care to emergency shelter.
Since the start of the monsoon season the rains have caused floods and landslides in the region, killing over 1,500 people. The situation is rapidly deteriorating as heavy rains have continued over the past week. Millions of people are affected and thousands have lost their homes.
Earthquake preparation pays off
The Nepal Red Cross Society is bringing clean water, emergency shelter and other support to those affected. Staff and volunteers are also putting families separated by the disaster back in touch.
The Red Cross in Nepal are used to dealing with natural disasters. Preparing for one of the country’s biggest threats – earthquakes – has helped them spring into action to help people affected by the floods. Why? Because, supported by the British Red Cross, they had stockpiled emergency kits in the capital, Kathmandu.
The kits include blankets, buckets and tarpaulins – essential items for those who have lost almost everything because of the floods. They’ll be replaced soon, ready for future emergencies.
Vital help for thousands
Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies in India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh are working around the clock to help those affected. They are helping families with vital supplies such as food, tents, blankets and kitchen equipment.
Volunteers in India have helped thousands of people move to safer areas, and in Bangladesh a 150-person team has given emergency relief and medical care to more than 20,000 people.