3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Floods triggered by heavy rains continued to wreak havoc in South Asia, the one of the world’s most densely populated geographical regions, pummeling countries that have already been battered by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since the monsoon season began this year, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Nepal are among those being affected in the region having 1/4th of the world’s population, increasing risks of malaria, dengue, diarrhea and COVID-19 with it.
The monsoon season of South Asia, which affects the Indian subcontinent every year from June through September, often brings cyclones and devastating floods in recent years and causes the displacement of millions of people living in low-lying areas. This year too, unprecedent rainfalls have inundated many areas of South Asia this year. Due to urban flooding and flash flooding homes are damaged, livestock dead, agricultural crops destroyed, and millions of people are displaced. In India’s Assam nearly 3 million people have been displaced due to floods (Aljazeera). Approximately same number of people have been isolated and surrounded by flood water in Bangladesh, and uncountable are affected in Nepal and Pakistan as well.
In this context, Sustainable Development Policy Institute is organizing a webinar to discuss following.
- Floods causing displacement and making people vulnerable in the region.
- What are reasons of displacement apart from climate change?
- What issues flood induced migrants face?
- What are policy options to address displacement caused due to floods?
Dr. Abid Qaiyum Suleri, ED SDPI on impact on economy
Mr. Sanjay Vashist, Director Climate Action Network South Asia (India)
Ms Afia Aslam, Freelance journalist, Pakistan