Rushanara Ali MP statement on floods in Sylhet, Bangladesh

Rushanara Ali MP said:

"Over the past few days, landslides triggered by severe monsoon storms have led to extreme floods in northeastern Bangladesh. Sylhet, where I and many of my constituents have family, has been hit extremely hard. Schools have been converted into makeshift shelters and whole villages have gone under water. The death toll has reached 42 in Bangladesh due to the floods and millions of people have been affected.

I have pushed for the UK government to provide assistance, and I am pleased that the UK has released additional emergency funding of £442,548 to support communities affected by the floods. I continue to request that we play our part with further assistance and am encouraging British Bangladeshis and friends of Bangladesh to donate to the charities who are working with partners on the ground to provide life-saving support as they distribute food and provide emergency shelter. 

Bangladesh is one of the most climate-vulnerable countries in the world. Global warming and climate change continuously threaten settlements and increase the number of people being displaced in the country, due to sea levels rapidly rising. Bangladesh has also experienced some of the wettest monsoons in the world, with heavy monsoon downpours leading to hundreds of thousands being stranded and extreme climate events claiming many lives. 

It is imperative for us to tackle climate change and reduce the impacts of the climate crisis, so countries such as Bangladesh are not left dangerously vulnerable."  


Notes to Editor: 


UK FCDO press release (22 June 2022),


Some the UK charity appeals area as follows:


Islamic Relief Bangladesh Floods Appeal 


Penny Appeal Bangladesh Floods 

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