South Asia floods

In north-east India, the rains have swept across Assam and Manipur States causing floods and landslides and leaving over one million people homeless. Photo: Oxfam India
In north-east India, the rains have swept across Assam and Manipur States causing floods and landslides and leaving over one million people homeless. Photo: Oxfam India

Heavy monsoon rains have caused intense flooding in the South Asian nations of Bangladesh, India and Nepal. 1,200 people have died so far and it is estimated that 43 million people have been affected across the region. Oxfam is responding but the situation is likely to worsen in the coming weeks. We need your help.

Across South Asia 43 million people have been hit by the monsoon rains and heavy flooding which in some places is the worst it has been in nearly 30 years. In Bangladesh, India and Nepal 1,200 people have died already.

Two-thirds of Bangladesh is now under water. Families have lost their homes and crops, and the number of casualties is likely to increase. In north-east India, the rains have swept across Assam and Manipur States causing floods and landslides and leaving over one million people homeless.

One region in Nepal received one month’s worth of rain in just two days. The flooding it caused spread downstream into India and Bangladesh, worsening the situation there.

While some flooding is expected during monsoon season, this level is unusual and unheard of for most of the communities hit. The flooding has cut off thousands of villages depriving people of food and clean water for days.

Oxfam's response

Working with communities and local partners, Oxfam has already helped 186,000 flood-hit people with clean drinking water, food supplies, emergency shelter, soap and other hygiene items to help stop the spread of water-borne diseases, as well as cash to buy necessities.

Anjil Adhikari, coordinateur local pour le programme d'Oxfam de réponse aux inondations, apportant des denrées alimentaires aux villageois de Chattauli, au Népal. Photo: BWSNOxfam's District Coordinator for the Flood Response Programme, Anjil Adhikari, handing food items to villagers of Chattauli, Nepal. Photo: BWSN

In India, we have distributed shelter materials to protect people from the elements, cleaned water sources and handed out 300,000 chlorine sachets to help make drinking water safe.

In Nepal, we have given people cash to help them buy urgent essentials, hygiene kits to ward off the risk of water-borne diseases, shelter materials and food.

In Bangladesh, we have provided safe drinking water and cash.

As the crisis continues, we will work to support more people and help them recover.