Greta Thunberg Donates €100,000 to Aid Flood Relief Efforts in Bangladesh & India

Young climate activist Greta Thunberg has assured funds worth €100,000 to multiple organizations that are currently handling relief efforts in the flood-hit provinces of northeast Bangladesh and India.

In a series of posts on Greta Thunberg’s official Twitter handle, the 17-year-old Swedish stated: “Right now millions are suffering from extreme flooding fuelled by the climate crisis in India and Bangladesh – already hit by the devastation of cyclone Amphan and COVID-19.

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“My foundation will donate €100,000 prize money to BRAC, Goonj, Action Aid India, and Bangladesh. I’m supporting these NGOs—working tirelessly and in desperate need of funds—to make sure help reaches communities affected as soon as possible.”

Greta also added: “If you’re able, please consider donating to the relief effort. Visit their websites for details, even the smallest amount helps.”

Over the last month, the northeast Indian state of Assam has been persistently hit by inundation-causing torrential showers that are partly a manifestation of climate change.

As of Monday evening (July 28), about 22.34 lakh people in 2,026 villages across 22 of Assam’s 33 districts remained affected by the floods, while the flood-related death toll across the state rose to 103. Furthermore, a total of 1,09,236 hectares of crop area remained inundated, and at least 132 wild animals are believed to have lost their lives.

On the other hand, reports from Bangladesh reveal the floods in the country’s northern parts had killed at least 111 people by last Saturday, July 25. Moreover, nearly 9,500 people residing in low-lying areas had fallen victim to water-borne diseases over the past month.

Meanwhile, rescue and rehabilitation efforts in these regions are well underway, carried out by government forces as well as non-governmental organizations. And now, Thunberg’s generous donation to the organizations is sure to boost the relief work and help bring more victims of floods—and climate change on a whole—to safety.

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