Humanitarian Coalition members helping flood survivors in Nepal, Bangladesh
More than 20,000 people are receiving Canadian assistance following the worst monsoon season to hit South Asia in the last 100 years.
Through funding from the Canadian Humanitarian Assistance Fund (CHAF), Humanitarian Coalition members Plan International Canada and Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) will provide life-saving assistance in Bangladesh and Nepal respectively.
In Bangladesh, where more than one-third of the country was submerged, flooding has affected 5.7 million people and killed at least 115. With $350,000 from the CHAF, Plan International Canada will work with local partners to provide more than 10,000 people with access to essential hygiene items, clean drinking water and safe sanitation facilities.
Photo: Plan International Canada
In Nepal, close to half of the country’s districts were affected. More than 120 people have died and 100,000 people had to be rescued from rising floodwaters. More than 18,000 families have been forced to abandon their homes. With $264,000 from the CHAF, CLWR will ensure close to 10,500 people have access to safe drinking water, sanitation facilities, emergency shelter materials and the ability regain their livelihoods.
Hygiene education sessions will be an important component of both organizations’ response work. In both Bangladesh and Nepal, children and adults will receive training on preventing the spread of waterborne diseases that pose an increased risk following a flood.
The Canadian Humanitarian Assistance Fund is a joint mechanism between the Humanitarian Coalition, its member agencies and Global Affairs Canada.