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Understanding monsoons and how to help

Kinsey Langley, Editor

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Monsoons sweeping across South Asia this summer have killed over 1,200 people and destroyed over 90,000 homes in Nepal, India and Bangladesh. Streets were turned to rivers, schools and homes into debris, rafts into temporary homes, and families literally being torn apart. At least 41 million people were afflicted in some way in the area. Not only are the residents lives being ruined by the flooding, but landslides have killed hundreds.

A monsoon is a seasonal prevailing wind in the region of South and Southeast Asia, blowing from the southwest between May and September and bringing rain (the wet monsoon), or from the northeast between October and April (the dry monsoon). A landslide is the sliding down of a mass of earth or rock from a mountain or cliff. Landslides result from heavy rainfall, while monsoons occur by nature. Neither can be started or prevented by man.

Locals in Bangladesh specifically were hit hard in the recent weeks as a result from Hurricane Harvey. Half the town is underwater, schools are being turned into shelters and phones being the only way to pass on information is the current situation for those who haven’t fled to the cities. Citizens who have deserted their hometown of Bangladesh are premeditated as “climate refugees” as they arrive to their capital, Dhaka. At least 135,000 people are in every square mile of Dhaka and it being the most dense city in the world has put the growing populace at more risk than it ever has been.

It’s not always easy to go and help people in other continents, but dozens of websites are out there to chose from. Anything from fifty cents to a thousand dollars would be beneficial, and the people on the other end of your screen would be more than grateful to receive your aid. Visit Qurbani / Udhiyah 2017 and Global Giving to see how you can help.

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