Asia Flood Appeal
11 August 2015
Floods leave millions affected and hundreds killed
Torrential rain, flash floods and landslides caused by a heavy monsoon season have torn through parts of South and South East Asia over the past few weeks. More than 300 are confirmed dead while millions have been displaced and affected, particularly across Myanmar, Pakistan and India.
Whilst heavy rains are not unusual at this time of the year, 'dry-zone' areas are now under water. Compounded by Cyclone Komen, more than 1.2 million acres of rice fields are submerged with half a million acres destroyed. Fears for food-security are intensifying as livestock has drowned and the crucial rice bowl region continues to be inundated.
Logistics remain complicated with many assessment teams having “a hard time reaching affected areas,” said Pierre Peron, Myanmar spokesperson for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
The situation in Myanmar is particularly concerning, with more than one million affected and 100 deceased. With almost 50% of the country's GDP coming from the agricultural industry, the flooding is set to devastate the economy, and leave thousands without basic essentials or livelihoods.
Fears are growing over malnutrition and food security, as the hardest hit areas are also some of the poorest. According to Dom Scalpelli, Country Director for the United Nation's World Food Programme, "thousands of people have lost homes, livelihoods, crops and existing food and seed stocks."
The Government of Myanmar is stepping up their relief efforts after heavy criticism was received for their response to the 2008 Cyclone Nagris, where 140,000 people were left dead or missing.
How can you help?
Financial aid is desperately needed, and there are many organisations to donate through. Here are a small handful of agencies dedicated to providing assistance, just click the images to find out more.
International Community Development
The Adara Group
08 July 2015
Adara Development is a non-profit international development organisation supported by two corporate advisory businesses, which collectively form the Adara Group. Founded by Kiwi philanthropist Audette Exel, winner of the 'World Class New Zealander' award, Adara Development works in Nepal and Uganda to improve education and health for women, children and communities in need. Underpinned by knowledge sharing and learning, Adara works closely with communities to use lessons gained and best-practices established to continue to support those in need, and assist others involved in similar work.
Projects in Uganda
Adara began working in the Nakaseke district of Uganda in 1998, which was devastated by civil war in the 1970s and 1980s. With the core purpose of addressing healthcare and child wellbeing, Adara partnered with Kiwoko Hospital to support a community of 500,000. The long term focus is sustainable support, in partnership with local communities on community-based healthcare initiatives, specifically maternal and newborn care, and adults and children living with HIV/Aids.
Projects in Nepal
Adara has worked in Kathmandu and Humla in Nepal since 1998. The focus is long term sustainable support in partnership with local communities in health, education and community infrastructure, for the benefit of children and their families. Projects have included alternative technology, remote mobile-healthcare services and anti-trafficking initiatives in Humla. Projects in Kathmandu focus on emergency relief, rescue and care of trafficked children, and healthcare for disadvantaged communities.
Nepal Earthquake Aid Appeal
25 April 2015
Last updated 14 May 2015
Nepal Suffers another 7.3 magnitude earthquake
Less than three weeks after the 7.8 magnitude Gorkha Earthquake, Nepal has been hit with a 7.3 magnitude earthquake, killing at least 66 people. Most of the reported fatalities were in villages and towns east of Kathmandu, with 17 dead in India and at least 1 dead in Chinese Tibet.
The new 7.3-magnitude quake was centred 76 km east of the capital in a hilly area close to the border with Tibet, according to co-ordinates provided by the US Geological Survey, and unleashed landslides in Himalayan valleys near Mount Everest.
7.8 magnitude earthquake kills 8,000 and displaces 2.8 million
On the 25 April 2015 Nepal was hit by the 7.9 magnitude Gorkha earthquake. Killing 8,000 and injuring twice as many, the Gorkha earthquake is the most powerful disaster to hit Nepal since the 1934 Nepal-Bihar earthquake.
8 million people have been affected, 2.8 million have been displaced and casualties have been reported as far as adjoining India, China and Bangladesh.
Aid agencies have described widespread devastation and destruction throughout Gorkha and neighbouring regions. A recent US Geological Survey has estimated economic losses to be as much as US $10 billion, and a cost to rebuild at US $5 billion. All this in a country with economic growth that was already expected to slow, with an unemployment rate of more than 40 percent, and a reliance on agriculture, tourism and remittances to support its $19 billion economy.
New Zealand's Role
Foreign Affairs Minister, Murray McCully, has announced that New Zealand will make a further contribution of $1 million (bringing the total to $2 million) to assist Nepal as it responds to the ANZAC Day earthquake.
New Zealand's funding has already contributed to the deployment of an Emergency Response Unit by the New Zealand Red Cross. This three person team will help establish local communication networks to assist the relief operation.
McCully stated, “we are also providing support to the Himalayan Trust, established by Sir Edmund Hillary in 1960, with their earthquake ‘rebuild appeal.’ The work of the Trust will have a specific focus on repairing schools that have been affected by the earthquake. We remain committed to helping the people of Nepal in these difficult times and will continue to assess how we can assist further".
Aid is desperately needed, and there are many organisations to donate through. Click one of the links below to go directly to their donation page:
Vanuatu Aid Appeal
13 March 2015
Last updated 04 April 2015
Cyclone Pam is considered one of the worst natural disasters ever experienced by Vanuatu. Pam and the aftermath have affected more than half the population as entire villages were ripped apart and development 'completely undone'.
Comprised of more than 80 islands, Vanuatu is a mountainous archipelago of volcanic origin with narrow coastal plains. Aid agencies have had to battle logistical challenges, with a lack of landing strips and deep water ports hampering efforts to reach outer islands. Agencies have described scenes of large-scale destruction to property and livelihoods.
The United Nations have stated that 166,000 are in desperate need of 'life-saving' resources including clean drinking water, food, access to sanitation and medication. Survivors risk slow death from disease as 100,000 are homeless, and many in remote areas continue to drink mud and salt water.
Vanuatu is one of the world's least developed countries and is ranked 121 out of 187 countries on the Human Development Index. Much of Vanuatu's infrastructure and resources have been wiped out, and there is an urgent need for clean water, medical supplies, tents, bedding and hygiene kits.
Substantial achievements have already been attained. According to UNICEF, an estimated target of 10,000 children (aged under five) in Port Vila have received one shot of measles, polio and tetanus vaccines, and access to vitamin pills and deworming tablets. Further aid is desperately needed to provide support to newborn babies and pregnant women, to help children return to their education, and ensure clean water and sanitation was accessible by all.
New Zealand's Role
Relief efforts by the New Zealand Government has seen $3 million in aid given to Vanuatu and $500,000 to Tuvalu to assist with the emergency situation caused by Cyclone Pam. Supplies and personnel have been transported from throughout the Pacific to Vanuatu, with New Zealand navy ship HMNZS Canterbury delivering a further 400 people and equipment to help with the rebuild.
Philanthropists Jo and Gareth Morgan offered to match every donation, dollar for dollar, gifted through Campbell Live and UNICEF. With a cap at $1 million, the Morgan's reached their goal on the 30th March.
Aid is still desperately needed, and there are many organisations to donate through. Text PAM to 2923 to donate $3, or click one of the following links to go directly to their donation page: