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.

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Sudan is in a state of national emergency following the ongoing devastation caused by flooding. Over 100,000 homes have been damaged with 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’s response

Islamic Relief’s first ever intervention was in response to the devastating famine in western Sudan in 1984. Since that time, we have continued to respond to emergencies providing food aid, health care and water and sanitation and we are on the ground now responding to the needs of local communities in West Kordofan.

Our emergency response plan, developed in close coordination with UN Agencies and other humanitarian bodies, has prioritised food aid, temporary shelter, water treatment and hygiene to families affected by the flooding.


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Heavy monsoon rainfall has caused severe flooding and damages across Pakistan. According to the National Disaster Management Authority, as of 8th September 2020, 249 people have lost their lives and 175 are seriously injured. Thousands more have been affected, particularly in Sindh, Punjab, AJ Kashmir, and Baluchistan.

At least a thousand homes have been affected and livelihoods adversely impacted. 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’s response

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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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’s response

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.


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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’s response

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.


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