More than 25 million people have been affected by severe flooding across India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Myanmar during the 2020 monsoon season. Recent floods have taken the lives of 550 people across the region due to storm waters and landslides. One-third of Bangladesh's delta region remains under water, and 300,000 individuals in India's Bihar state have been evacuated to relief camps. This fund will provide immediate relief to survivors and support long-term recovery.
The 2020 monsoon season has brought another year of devastating floods to India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Myanmar. The COVID-19 pandemic further challenges response efforts and puts those evacuated to relief camps at risk. Prolonged flooding and extreme landslides have damaged infrastructure and, in some cases, affected the government's ability to provide humanitarian relief. As the climate crisis worsens, residents in high-risk, low-lying areas bear the greatest impact.
All donations to this fund will support recovery and relief efforts for flooding and monsoons in South Asia. Initially, the fund will help first responders meet survivors' immediate needs for food, fuel, clean water, hygiene products, and shelter. Once initial relief work is complete, this fund will transition to support longer-term recovery efforts run by local, vetted organizations in the region.
We believe that organizations that are deeply-rooted in local communities are in the best position to provide long-term support for survivors of natural disasters like these floods. By funding the relief efforts of local organizations, donations to this fund have the potential to build stronger response capacity so that these organizations are better equipped to face future challenges. GlobalGiving will post reports about how funds have been used and will email these reports to donors.
When a disaster strikes, recovery efforts led by people who live and work in affected communities are often overlooked and underfunded. GlobalGiving is changing this reality. Since 2004, we've been shifting decision-making power to crises-affected communities through trust-based grantmaking and support.
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