- Hundreds of people have lost their lives in floods and related incidents in South Asia.
- The EU had announced disaster relief early this year, with €10.8 million given to help in the aftermath of the storm.
- Nitish Kumar has told the problems of the state in a virtual meeting with the Chief Ministers of flood-affected states with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday.
The European Union has said that it will give €1.6 million to help the flood victims in South Asia on humanitarian grounds. The severe floods in India, Nepal, and Bangladesh have caused great devastation. Millions of people were affected due to floods in the area, and villages have been inundated.
Hundreds of people have lost their lives in floods and related incidents in South Asia. The European Union’s disaster relief will help Bangladesh, India, and Nepal to deal with the flood situation. Out of the total amount, €500,000 will be used to deliver food, livelihood assistance, emergency relief supplies, clean water, and sanitation services to the victims in India.
The EU had announced disaster relief early this year, with €10.8 million given to help in the aftermath of the storm. There was huge devastation in India and Bangladesh due to the Amphan cyclone. Taheeni Thammannagoda, who oversees EU humanitarian programs in Asia and the Pacific, said:
“The monsoon rains across South Asia have been particularly devastating this year and this urgent contribution will help our humanitarian partners on the ground in providing crucial support to those who have lost their shelters, belongings, and sources of livelihood.”
Thammannagoda added, “focusing on the worst affected countries, we are providing the means for people to survive through this difficult time so that they can get back on their feet as soon as possible.”
€1 million will be given to Bangladesh, where 2000,000 people need immediate help, 850,000 people have been displaced in Bangladesh due to floods, and this figure may increase further due to continuous rains.
In Nepal, EU assistance amounting to €1.5 million will be used for drinking water, sanitation, shelter, and household essentials. Due to heavy rains in Nepal, thousands of people became homeless due to landslides.
According to Tahini Thammangoda, “the monsoon rains this year are devastating throughout South Asia and provide immediate aid to humanitarian aid partners to provide critical assistance to those at the grassroots level.”
According to the EU, floods and landslides occurred in South Asia with the onset of monsoon from the month of June, in which hundreds of people died and millions were affected. The EU says that due to lack of access to clean water between COVID-19, the risk of spreading other diseases has increased.
Some districts of Assam, Bihar, West Bengal, and Uttar Pradesh were hit by floods in India. The most affected in India is Assam, where along with the coronavirus, people are also facing floods. Flood situation worsened slightly in Assam on Tuesday 11 August and 14,000 people are still battling floods in three districts of the state.
According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority’s daily flood report, more than 13,800 people have been affected due to floods in Dhemaji, Baksa and Morigaon districts. In Assam, 136 people have died so far this year due to floods and landslides. Presently 89 villages are submerged in water and the crop of 5,984 hectares has been destroyed.
740,000 People Affected by Floods in Bihar
Even though the water level of some rivers in Bihar has decreased compared to earlier, but the flood situation is still serious in 16 districts of the state. Many major rivers are still in spate in the state.
At the same time, floodwaters are flooded in 126 blocks of 16 districts of the state. So far 24 people have died due to floods. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has conducted an aerial survey of several flood-affected areas.
Nitish Kumar has told the problems of the state in a virtual meeting with the Chief Ministers of flood-affected states with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday. Many rivers of the state are still flowing above the danger mark. Bagmati, Budhi Gandak, Kamla, Balan, and Ganga are flowing above the danger mark in many areas.
According to the Bihar Disaster Management Department Secretary Ramchandra, a total of 126 blocks in 16 districts of the state have been affected by the floods. About 740,000 people in these areas have been affected by floods.