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2022 India Bangladesh Floods

In Support of Caritas India & Caritas Bangladesh
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Updates - 30 May 2023

Caritas India has completed the provision of cash aid for 872 households impacted by the flood. Preparatory work for water, sanitation, and hygiene (WaSH) activities has been initiated in the affected areas. A total of 27 WaSH Committees have been formed, comprising 270 community members. Handpumps have been identified for chlorination and rehabilitation, and sanitary surveys for 10 water points have been completed. Moreover, the construction of seven raised handpumps has been finalised.



Since mid-May, heavy rainfalls that befell India and Bangladesh led to landslides and flash floods. With the conditions persisting throughout the month of June, the situation continued escalating. The floods have not only displaced many of our brothers and sisters, but it has also resulted in the loss of lives, destruction of livelihoods, and robbed them of access to basic necessities like food and clean water. The impact is disproportionately brunt by those living in remote locations with little to no government support. Due to the risky terrains, most of the areas where they reside in are largely inaccessible. As of mid-June, the floods have affected millions across both India and Bangladesh. 

Our brothers and sisters are deeply impacted by the flood, and we can provide a helping hand in this hour of need. 

CHARIS is currently in close discussion with Caritas India and Caritas Bangladesh to continuously assess the needs on the ground to render appropriate assistance. We welcome Catholics in Singapore who would like to contribute by joining us in prayer for all who are suffering or to give their widow’s mite.



Project Location: India and Bangladesh
Overall Objective: Minimise the loss of lives and improve living conditions of those who are afflicted by the South Asian Flood through:

  • Providing food and nutrition support.
  • Improving water sanitation and hygiene through cleaning, chlorination, and repairing of damaged water sources (e.g. Hand Pump), etc. 
  • House repair for selected vulnerable households.
  • Supporting those who have lost their livelihoods to take up alternative arrangements.
  • Other kinds of humanitarian aid and relief necessary.

About Caritas India


Caritas India, founded in 1962, is the official development arm of the Catholic Churches in India. Steered by the Gospel principles of love and compassion, and rooted in the commitment for inalienable human rights and social justice, Caritas India has worked in a mission mode, to alleviate human suffering. It believes that there is a close relationship between poverty and the denial of human rights and fundamental freedom, where lack of human rights and fundamental freedom can be both a cause and consequence of poverty. Since its inception, Caritas India has been unique in its strategic responsiveness to emerging social challenges in international and national levels by engaging with social researchers, proponents and the policy makers. Propelled by the commitment to preserve the dignity and sacredness of human personality, Caritas India has serves the underprivileged sections of the society, hailing from socially excluded communities, the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes, and religious minorities by exercising preferential actions for the most marginalised.

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About Caritas Bangladesh


Caritas Bangladesh was founded in 1967 as the eastern branch of Caritas Pakistan. Following the cyclone of November 1970 it was re-organised and became known as CORR (Christian Organisation for Relief and Rehabilitation) and took on the character of a national organisation on January 13, 1971. The name Caritas was re-introduced in 1976.

Caritas Bangladesh has its Central Office in Dhaka. There are eight Regional (or Diocesan) Offices in Barishal, Chattogram, Dhaka, Dinajpur, Khulna, Mymensingh, Rajshahi and Sylhet. In all these places Caritas is operational in Integrated Development, Disaster Management and Human Resource Development, under a central management. Caritas restricts itself at present to 208 upazilas (sub-districts) for integrated human development work. During emergencies, such as natural disasters, Caritas is operational in any part of the country.

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