The worst floods in over 50 years have devastated the Indian state of Bihar. Nearly three million people have been affected. Houses, infrastructure and farmlands have been swept away. CWS is receiving donations for the work of partners through ACT International, which are already distributing food, household goods, blankets and temporary shelters. Much more will be needed as the region seeks to rebuild houses, livelihoods, agriculture and infrastructure.
Since the monsoon began in June, over 1000 people have died in South Asia and three million have been displaced. It is feared the death toll will rise rapidly.
The situation in Bihar became a massive humanitarian crisis when the Kosi River, which is fed by the Himalayas, changed its course and shifted over 120km eastwards. It breached more than 300km of embankments. Flood water has inundated a large area, including many towns and villages that were considered relatively ‘flood safe’.
On 28 August, India’s prime minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, declared the Bihar floods to be a national calamity.
1 September 2008