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Communities across Africa and Asia have been left devastated by heavy flooding. Our teams are on the ground providing critical support to individuals and families in need.

Donating to the Global Emergencies Fund enables Islamic Relief to respond quickly, even if there is little news coverage of the emergency.

Save a life now and donate to our life-saving work.

Sudan

Sudan is in a state of national emergency following the ongoing devastation caused by flooding. To date, 99 people have been killed with 46 more injured. Over 100,000 homes have been damaged and overall, more than 500,000 people affected.

Heavy seasonal rains – mainly in neighbouring Ethiopia – have triggered the flooding, which has caused the River Nile to rise to its highest level in 100 years. The states of Khartoum, Blue Nile, River Nile, Gezira, West Kordofan and South Darfur are amongst the worst hit.

Islamic Relief response to Sudan floods

Our team is on the ground responding to the needs of local communities in West Kordofan. We’re coordinating closely with other humanitarian bodies and UN agencies and are currently developing an emergency plan for the crisis.

Our current priorities are providing food, temporary shelter and household water treatment to families affected by the flooding in West Kordofan, which has been very badly hit.

Bangladesh

Across Bangladesh, a staggering 36 districts have been left devastated by flooding. In the last two months, over 250 people have died as a result.

Prolonged flooding has not only cost lives but people’s livelihoods. The fishing industry has suffered heavy losses as ponds, lakes and fish farms on around 17,000 hectares of land.

Multiple continued monsoon floods have disrupted the cultivation of Aman paddy rice (grown in the rainy season) as land remains submerged in water. This could potentially have a catastrophic impact on the rice production this year as this variety makes up 36% of rice production in Bangladesh.

Islamic Relief response to Bangladesh floods

To protect communities in need, our monsoon flood recovery project has already enabled us to build 160 pillars for latrines, 112 tube wells, including brick walls. We’ve also set up two unions to help communities develop early warning systems in times of crisis.

Niger

Severe flooding in Niger over the last month has killed at least 51 people with overall 281,000+ Nigeriens affected across 8 regions nationwide. One of the worst hit areas is Niamey – the capital state.

Thousands of homes have been destroyed and crop lands submerged as rivers have burst their banks. What’s more, forecasts indicate that more rain is expected over the coming weeks.

Local communities are now in urgent need of humanitarian assistance – including a staggering 1,361 families who are currently displaced and sheltering in school buildings. With the new school term due to begin on 15th September, these families have now been instructed to vacate the buildings.

Islamic Relief response to Niger floods

Our teams on the ground will be providing critical support and are coordinating with other humanitarian bodies in order to ensure an effective response. This includes emergency cash support (to provide shelter) to families as well as food aid. We’ll also be raising urgent awareness about the (associated) risks of Covid-19 and malaria.

Pakistan

Three days of monsoon rains across Pakistan have killed 176 people and severely injured over a hundred people, with thousands more affected in Sindh, Punjab, AJ Kashmir, Balochistan and a host of other regions.

At least a thousand homes have been affected and livelihoods affected. Thousands of buffaloes and cows in Maleer and Bhans have died, poultry sheds have been vastly destroyed and the spread of disease from the waste and carcasses of animals is expected to rise. What’s more, streets and homes have been left flooded with sewage water in the southern port city of Karachi.

Islamic Relief response to Pakistan floods

To support people in crisis, our Emergency Response Team has been mobilised. We will be carrying out rapid needs assessments in Thatha, Sajawal, Singh and Karachi to support families affected by the flooding in the most effective and efficient way possible.

Our Emergency Response Teams in AJ Kashmir, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are already on the ground providing Covid-19 support and will continue to support locals in need.

 

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More than 90% of natural disaster-related deaths occur in developing countries

Emergencies place entire communities in jeopardy with devastating long-term effects. Our Global Emergencies Fund works to ensure that we can respond to events as quickly as possible, within 72 hours in fact, and assist with the recovery to help rebuild lives.

Across the globe, climate change is increasingly affecting communities, leaving families suffering the effects of weather-related natural disasters and devastating entire communities. Left with limited or no access to clean water, shelter, power or food, affected families’ lives are turned upside down.

In cases of conflict, more and more people are displaced from their homes as violence forces families to flee and leave everything behind. Sadly though, it’s society’s poorest who are most vulnerable to the effects of conflict and natural and climate-based disasters. These communities have lower resilience to withstand shock and less access to life saving tools such as early warning systems, earthquake-resistant shelter and lack sufficient health and education services.

Resilience, Response and Recovery

To keep communities safe we help them prepare for potential disaster and if tragedy should strike we’re straight on the ground. When the crisis is over, we’re also on hand to help communities recover from the devastation and get back on their feet. Here’s how:

  • Resilience: We develop school safety plans, advocate for the use of building codes, promote climate adaptive technology and plant trees in cyclone affected areas
  • Response: When an emergency strikes we supply food, water, shelter, medicine, hygiene kits, kitchen sets, buckets, blankets, tarpaulins and tents
  • Recovery: We build shelters, rehabilitate existing water points, provide livelihood assistance, support orphans, provide informal education and offer psychosocial support

By donating to our Global Emergencies Fund, you can help ensure we have a contingency fund that can be used to prepare communities for disaster so that when an emergency hits, the impact on people’s lives is reduced. Communities are able to respond immediately and with the support of Islamic Relief, save and rebuild lives – without our teams having to launch a public appeal:

“Donations to the Global Emergencies Fund provide a lifeline to communities who are in immediate need as a result of floods and other smaller localised emergencies,” says Samina Haq, Islamic Relief UK’s Head of Programmes. “Their plight may not hit the headlines internationally, but we are aware of their needs through our presence on the ground.”

Save a life now and donate to our life-saving work.

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