Monsoon floods have affected millions in south Asia. But the world is still ignoring disasters that are happening more often and becoming more severe
- Tom Bamforth is shelter coordinator for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
“Let’s sing a song,” said helicopter pilot Captain Mahbub, as we took off from outside the rusty hangar in Dhaka for our aerial assessment of the floods in Bangladesh. Without waiting for a reply, he burst into John Denver’s Leaving on a Jet Plane.
“I used to sing this when I was in trouble in the Air Force”, he recalled. He paused briefly before adding “of course John Denver died in a plane crash”.
Poor villagers have invested money, labour and imagination in becoming more resilient.