International Development Minister Alasdair Allan with more news on the Scottish Government’s response to the devastating South Asia floods:
“The Scottish Government will do all it can to respond to global humanitarian challenges. Scotland has an important role to play as a responsible global citizen. This week, I announced that the Humanitarian Emergency Fund is distributing £300,000 to help support people left homeless following floods that ravaged South Asia.
“Huge swathes of South Asia are feeling the devastating after-effects of these floods. Severe monsoon rains have affected 40 million people in Bangladesh, India and Nepal. More than 1,200 people are known to have died.
“Tens of thousands of homes, as well as schools and hospitals, have been destroyed leaving people displaced and in urgent need of life-saving support. That is why we are providing this immediate financial assistance to people suffering as a result of this disaster.”
The projects are:
Oxfam – Bangladesh
Oxfam project will target 10,000 vulnerable people in the northern districts that are amongst the most severely affected and will deliver immediate early recovery relief through distribution of multi-purpose cash grants and hygiene kits.
Save the Children – India
Save the Children will ensure thousands of children and adults have safe and secured shelter and ensured protection of children and women, especially adolescent girls and access to protection and counselling services. Children and adults will also have access to hygiene and sanitation facilities and reduced risk to waterborne diseases.
Tearfund – Nepal
The Tearfund project will target displaced households in two of the worst affected areas in Banke: Raptisonary and Narainpur Rural Municipalities (RMs). A portion of the targeted households are subsistence farmers reliant on farming for their livelihoods. As crops have been destroyed, and seed stocks, tools and livelihoods have been lost, the target households are left extremely vulnerable with no material or financial reserves to fall back on. Providing transitional shelters and means for rebuilding livelihoods has therefore been identified by Tearfund and partner INF as effective measures to bring increased security.
The £1 million Humanitarian Emergency Fund, launched in April 2017, is intended to provide immediate, life-saving aid in the aftermath of a crisis.
An expert panel, made up of eight leading humanitarian aid organisations in Scotland, has been established to access and make recommendations on how the fund should be distributed: Tearfund, Oxfam, Save the Children, British Red Cross, SCIAF, Mercy Corps, Mission Aviation Fellowship, Christian Aid.
Photos of flooding in Nepal courtesy of Tearfund.