Heavy, sustained rains caused by this year’s monsoon season damaged roads, submerged railways and caused widespread power outages, cutting off access to several communities. More than 120 people died and 100,000 people had to be rescued from rising floodwaters.
The flooding affected 1.7 million people, with more than 460,000 people forced to abandon their homes and seek shelter in schools and community buildings. The flooding also damaged the local infrastructure, resulting in an urgent need for temporary water and sanitation facilities. The need for sanitation and hygiene promotion was a high priority. Food stocks were destroyed and agriculture was compromised, leaving an estimated 1.5 million people in need of food and livelihood assistance.
Canadian Lutheran World Relief intervened to increase access to safe water and basic sanitation, provide access to improved shelter and restore livelihood options for the survivors of the flooding.
To do so they installed communal hand pumps in 20 communities, repaired household and school toilets, and carried out hygiene awareness campaigns in 37 communities. They also distributed cash grants to people so they could purchase materials to help rebuild their homes. They organized cash-for-work activities to repair and restore community infrastructure such as damaged agricultural roads, irrigation canals and market centres and provided households who lost their crops or livestock with support such as seeds, irrigation pipes or livestock shelter repairs.