South Asia Floods: More Than 40 Million Affected

Flooding in South Asia has left an estimated 40 million people affected across Nepal, Bangladesh, and India. Although annual monsoon rains are common for the Indian subcontinent, this year is the largest flooding the region has seen in decades.

Homes, schools, and crops have been devastated by the water, and hundreds of people have died. It is thought it will take six months to a year before livelihoods are returned, somewhat back to normal.

Now, however, there is still the threat of disease.

As flood waters have kept much of the affected areas underwater for weeks, people, and especially children have been susceptible to waterborne disease.

Many humanitarian groups have come to the aid, but they still need crucial funding to help provide relief and protect the vast number of children and families in the area.

Organisations such as Save the Children and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) are among the humanitarian groups doing their utmost, but they still need help.

The crisis is compounded by the number of Rohingya refugees who have fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh in recent weeks.

Humans aren’t the only ones affected by the flooding.

The statistics and death tolls since the onset of flooding fail to cover the lives of other animals such as wildlife, livestock, stray, and companion animals that have been lost or greatly impacted.

Fortunately, there are dedicated organisations working to provide emergency veterinary care to vulnerable animals, particularly those suffering from various diseases.

To see the dedication to improving the lives of animals throughout the region, learn more about In Defense of Animals, India as well as Help Animals India and the animal welfare organisations they help to support.

It will certainly take time for villages and communities to re-build. In the meantime, the response and assistance of humanitarian and animal welfare organisations helps to assist, in whatever way possible, with the recovery process.

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