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Christian Aid responds to help those suffering in South Asia floods

31 August 2017 - Christian Aid is bringing emergency relief to families in India, Nepal and Bangladesh as more than a thousand people have been killed and 40 million more affected by floods.

The charity has deployed £45,000 of emergency funds and is also using a further £200,000 from Irish Aid and the British Government, of which €100,000 has come from Irish Aid directly, to provide 4000 households with hygiene kits, tarpaulin, shelter materials and community water filters to provide safe drinking water. Elsewhere 20,000 families are being taught about good hygiene practices to protect themselves from diseases.

Christian Aid’s Head of Humanitarian Programmes for Asia & Middle East, Madara Hettiarachchi, said has asked that we don’t forget the people in South Asia.

'These are some of the worst floods we’ve seen in South Asia in decades and the impact is likely only going to get worse,' she said.  'Farms and livestock have been washed away so food security is going to be a huge problem in the coming days and we will likely see the death toll rise.

'The good news is we are reaching people and bringing them the vital help they need to stay alive and begin to rebuild their lives.'

She added that scientists are increasingly confident of the links between such events and climate change. Madara said: 'Research by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology suggests that the most extreme rain events in most regions of the world will increase in intensity by 3-15 per cent, and some places - such as parts of the Asian monsoon region - would experience greater increases.

'It is a reminder that we must respond to the immediate humanitarian needs in South Asia while at the same time decarbonising the global economy in order to reduce the likelihood of such events from happening again.  Until we start to address the underlying causes of climate breakdown we will continue to see more human suffering on a massive scale.'

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For media inquiries contact:

Tess Purcell , Marketing and Communications Officer, 00353 (0) 87 6667808

or

Meabh Smith , Head of Communications, 00353 (0) 87 2068483 

 

Notes to editors: 

  1. Christian Aid works in some of the world's poorest communities in around 40 countries at any one time. We act where there is great need, regardless of religion, helping people to live a full life, free from poverty. We provide urgent, practical and effective assistance in tackling the root causes of poverty as well as its effects.

  2. Christian Aid is a member of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of more than 130 churches and church-related organisations that work together in humanitarian assistance, advocacy and development. 

  3. Follow Christian Aid Ireland on Twitter @christianaidirl

  4. For more information about the work of Christian Aid Ireland visit www.christianaid.ie
     

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