The Federal Foreign Office has made up to 500,000 euro available for flood victims in the Indian state of Bihar and neighbouring regions. According to the latest reports 55 people have lost their lives in the floods and over 350,000 have had to be evacuated. Up to 2.5 million people are in danger as the river's water level continues to rise.
There is an urgent need for emergency shelters, food, drinking water and basic medical supplies. The allocated funds will go to German aid organizations on the ground who, due to years of experience in the region, can distribute the supplies most quickly to those who have been directly affected by the disaster.
India and the bordering states of Nepal and Bangladesh regularly experience severe flooding during monsoon season. In addition to providing emergency humanitarian aid, the Federal Foreign office supports disaster reduction projects in order to minimize the effects of such events.