Punishing the most vulnerable
Across the globe, in countries as far away as Sierra Leone and Nepal, seasonal rains have transformed into torrents of floodwater – deluging the most vulnerable communities.
Lives have been lost. Family homes, even whole villages, have been washed away. We’re fighting against the elements to provide shelter and restore hope to families struck by flooding all over the world.
The situation in Sierra Leone
Climate change has impacted severely on weather patterns. Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, has been lashed by three times as much rain as usual, triggering massive landslides.
The most vulnerable people have been hit the hardest. The cramped and poorly-constructed shanty towns on the low-lying fringe of the city put up little resistance against powerful mudslides.
At least 4,000 people have been made homeless. More than 300 people have been killed, with thousands still unaccounted for.
As the rains continue, we’re preparing to support those families left with nothing but their lives.
Homes submerged in Nepal
In Nepal, the monsoon rains have been intensified by climate changes, causing flooding and landslides across a massive area on the Indian border.
Roads have been washed out across the area, making many areas inaccessible. However, police reports suggest that more than 48,000 homes are still submerged under the flood waters.
Who knows what will be left when it subsides?
An evolving threat
The misery experienced in Nepal and Sierra Leone may soon be seen elsewhere.
These same weather patterns causing flooding and landslides now are due to transform into cyclones and hurricanes in the coming months – battering more communities in their paths.
We can’t stop them. We can’t outrun them. But we can outsmart them.
By preparing for the worst, we can have vital tents, tools, blankets and water filtration systems ready to go in hours. We can even provide the training to create stronger shelters – ones that withstand the next storm – and the next.
Donate today and help us stay one step ahead of the storm.