Flash flood amidst Covid: “We are doomed”
Helal, whose son, Kibria, joined World Vision’s Child Sponsorship programme, shares his story…
“Before Covid, I would look forward to a good night’s sleep after supper, in my own house made with wood and bamboo. Nowadays, I stay awake dreading the break of dawn as I know my children will look up to me for a solution and I’ve none. I feel hopeless.
“Things have really changed for me and my family. When my son, Kibria was sponsored in 2015 by World Vision, we were happy as I knew a burden had been lifted off my chest. I knew the education of at least one child would be secured. So, things were looking bright until Covid happened.”
“With all these burdening issues that I am going through with my family, the last thing I need is flash floods. Today my entire house is flooded and now we are at greater risk for different kinds of infections. The clinics are also not functioning at full capacity due to the increasing number of infections. The floods make it even more difficult for me to do my job due to the waterlogging that has covered the entire community.
“We are passing through very difficult times. We are hungry, not sure where the next meal will come from and we have no access to clean and safe drinking water, and now we are waterlogged. I have never felt ashamed to be called a father as I feel right now. I see my children’s faces when they have not eaten a meal in a day, and I question why I am in their lives. Children, more so my children, shouldn’t suffer as they are today. I hope Allah will save us.”
Thousands of people like Halel, in northern Bangladesh were waterlogged. Farms, especially crops, damaged and fishery farms washed away. With Covid the burden worsens and people are struggling to survive.