Greta Thunberg to donate ₹87.7 lakh to aid flood relief efforts in India, Bangladesh

July 30, 2020: Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg has promised funds worth €100,000 (87.74 lakh Indian rupees) to multiple organisations that are currently conducting relief efforts in the flood-hit

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July 30, 2020: Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg has promised funds worth €100,000 (87.74 lakh Indian rupees) to multiple organisations that are currently conducting relief efforts in the flood-hit regions of northeast India and Bangladesh.

In a series of posts on her official Twitter handle, she 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.”

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

Over the past 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, the floods in the northern parts of Bangladesh had killed at least 119 people by Monday, July 27. Of the victims, 96 people died of drowning, 13 of snakebites, eight of lightning, and one of diarrhoea. Moreover, nearly 43,78,732 people were affected due to the floods in 31 out of the country's total 64 districts. The inundation has reportedly caused widespread damage to habitation, crops, roads, and highways across vast swathes of the country.

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