NewsFloods in Bangladesh
In our last newsletter, we told you about the growing inequality and rising prices of food due to the war in Ukraine and climate issues. And that we were afraid we might have to help families through another crisis. Just a few days later, we heard that millions of people in northern Bangladesh have had to flee from the worst floods on record.
This part of Bangladesh was just recovering from the previous floods in late May. The consequences: landslides, impassable roads and railway lines, and the mobile network is down. There are dozens of deaths and the predictions are not good. Many of the 130 rivers are about to burst their banks. Niketan’s area of operation lies where the mighty rivers Brahmaputra and Padma meet. We fear the worst and experts predict that the floods will continue southwards in the coming days, reaching our project areas. Many of our families will have to leave their house and home, they will become displaced and have to seek higher ground.
Because the monsoon started much earlier than expected, crops were not harvested on time, resulting in failed harvests. A famine looms. Please help us help families. Families with a child with a disability are often among the poorest of the poor. They are still forgotten by many aid organizations. With your contribution, we can help these families in particular during this difficult time with food parcels or other ways of support.