Recovering after flooding in Bangladesh

Samina's story

When we met Samina in 2018, she lived on a small area of raised land in northern Bangladesh.

She has been a single mother of two since her husband, a rickshaw driver, tragically passed away the previous year.

When the extensive flooding happened in 2017, Samina was worried that the water would wash away her land and her home. The flooding was the worst she’d ever seen.


We usually have time to get to a place of safety before the floods arrive, but this time they came so quickly with so much water, and we just didn’t have time to prepare.

Trapped in their home

Samina was right to be worried. The devastating flash flooding trapped her with her children in their home, with no way of escaping.

The only way they could survive was by raising the bed they slept on, and using it as a place of safety until the water levels receded. They lived like this for two weeks.

Samina recalls:

I was scared for my children’s safety, we had almost no food and it was difficult to keep my children warm at night.

A house pictured in the aftermath of flooding in Bangladesh

The road to recovery

A boy with his pet goat

Eventually, the water levels receded and Samina was given essential ShelterBox aid items.

The aid helped her and her family recover from the devastation caused by the floods.

With the tools she received from ShelterBox, Samina is now able to earn money through farming,

It has made such a difference to my life, I can now provide more for my children and prepare for the flooding next year.

Climate change and natural disasters

Rising sea levels caused by shrinking glaciers and melting sea ice are increasing the risk of devastating floods.

This means that thousands of families like Samina’s in Bangladesh and other parts of the world are in extreme danger. Read more about climate change and the effect on communities around the world, and what we’re doing about it.

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