‘They are doing everything they can’
However, the extent of the flooding has made many areas difficult to access. ‘I'm hearing stories of communities who are still unreachable unless by helicopter,’ says Douwe Dijkstra, Tearfund’s Country Director for Nepal. ‘Many mud houses have collapsed and people are living in schools and in open areas without clean water and toilets.’
‘This year’s flood has a much larger geographic spread than the last big one in 2008,’ adds Prince David, our Country Representative in India. ‘In Bihar, one of our partner’s hospitals was flooded. Yet they are doing everything they can, working closely with the local government to help people.’
With such a large area affected, and with many places almost impossible to reach, the full extent of the damage remains unknown. What is clear, however, is that the impact of these floods will last long into the future.
Tearfund and our partners are on the ground now, and will stay for as long as it takes. Once people’s short-term needs have been provided for, we will be there to help people rebuild their lives and plan for the future. What’s more, our resilience work will continue to train and equip communities to be prepared for disasters such as this.
Please help the people affected by these floods by supporting Tearfund’s Disaster Response work.
South Asia Region
- Lift up those who have lost loved ones and their homes. Pray for God’s comfort and strength.
- Pray for the emergency services as they struggle to reach those affected by the heavy rains
- Please pray for God’s hand of guidance and safety upon the 41 million people whose lives have been impacted by the flooding
- Pray for wisdom in Tearfund's response – that we would be able to reach and help those who are most in need