Bangladesh: Floods - Jun 2004
The Netherlands is to release €1.5 million to assist Bangladesh, where flooding has led to food shortages in large parts of the country. During the next six months, the money will be spent via the World Food Programme to feed the most vulnerable groups such as women and children. Since flooding is a structural problem in Bangladesh, the Netherlands is also assisting the country with development programmes for sea defences and water management.
In July, heavy monsoon rains led to major flooding over large areas of Bangladesh. Damage assessments, including one undertaken on behalf of the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), suggest that more than 33 million people have been affected, with almost one million dwellings destroyed and some 4 million inhabitants permanently or temporarily displaced. More than 2 million acres of agricultural land have been have been submerged and countless crops destroyed.
Gareth Thomas (the UK minister for International Development) has today announced that the UK is providing an additional £15 million for the post-flood rehabilitation programme in Bangladesh, to support the Government of Bangladesh's significant on-going relief and rehabilitation work.
Bangladesh YMCA was deeply moved by the immediate response of nearly 20 YMCA movements to the urgent appeal of 27 July from the World Alliance to fund the relief work of the YMCA of Bangladesh for families affected by the catastrophic flooding in the country. The numerous letters and financial support pledged showed the real solidarity of the global YMCA Movement.
A full month after large areas of Bangladesh were flooded, some rural communities are still in desperate need of assistance. The Salvation Army is working in one such place -- Bhairab Upazila, located in the area where three rivers meet to form the large Meghna River.
Mark Malloch Brown, the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), is visiting Bangladesh this week, meeting with leaders, and observing relief and recovery efforts following the recent flooding. Malloch Brown praised government efforts to overcome losses caused by the flood. To bolster these efforts, UNDP and the World Food Programme are distributing food, hygiene kits, soap and clothes through national and international non-governmental organizations, funded by the UK Department for International Development.
USA and Caribbean: UMCOR Responds After Charley Thrashes Coastal Areas
The worst storm on the Gulf Coast of Florida in 100 years, Hurricane Charley left a tumbled swath of splintered wood and twisted metal-the destroyed homes, churches, and commercial buildings of south Florida residents. Power outages are common, and in some areas the rule of martial law is preventing access to areas considered unsafe. UMCOR workers were in Florida as of Monday, August 16, to assess damage and coordinate initial response.
Westport, CT (August 18)--Millions of children still need assistance in Bangladesh as the nation recovers from severe flooding that has left hundreds of thousands of families in need of food, shelter, clean water and health services.
More than 700 people in Bangladesh have died from the flooding that submerged two-thirds of the country and left 10 million people homeless.
Receding water allows access to populations
DHAKA, 18 August 2004 - Falling water levels after some of the worst floods in the history of Bangladesh have allowed better access to affected populations. After a two day visit to three areas, Sylhet, Sunamganj and Brahmanbaria, UNICEF Representative Morten Giersing said the children he saw were clearly badly affected, showing visible signs of suffering from Vitamin B deficiency and living in makeshift shelters around their former homes.
In Bangladesh, over 36 million people continue to be affected by the recent flooding and more than 6 million people still require immediate relief. Christian Aid is supporting local partner organisations to help communities cope with the aftermath of the floods and to rebuild their lives.
As the floodwaters recede, the scale of the disaster is becoming clearer.
Six million people are living in makeshift shelters, their homes destroyed.
Light to moderate rainfall at a few places over the Brahmaputra, the Ganges & the South Eastern Hill basin and light to moderately heavy fall over the Meghna basin has been recorded during the last 24 hours ending at 9 A.M. today. Significant rainfall was recorded 42.0 at Kanaighat, 40.0 mm at Sunamganj and 33.0 mm at Sylhet during the same period.
GENERAL RIVER CONDITION
The Brahmaputra-Jamuna continued to fall at all points. The Ganges-Padma observed rise at upstream points while it receded slightly at down stream points.
by John Tulloch in New Delhi
The Director of the UN's International Strategy for Disaster Reduction in Geneva recently called for a "culture of prevention" in tackling disasters.
Red Cross & Red Crescent Actions
The Red Cross and Red Crescent workers have been working around the clock to render relief to the tens of millions flood victims in South Asia since international appeals were launched by the International Red Cross to raise HK$61.6 million for 1.5 million flood affected victims in India, Nepal and Bangladesh.
With efforts of local fundraising, the Nepal Red Cross Society has already distributed over 18,000 family packs, dried food and water purification …
As the British Red Cross Asia Floods Appeal exceeds =A3100,000, local volunteers continue to come to the aid of millions of people in Bangladesh, India and Nepal.
"I'm delighted with the response to the appeal so far," said Mark Astarita, director of fundraising. "This shows how moved people have been by the sheer scale of the crisis in South Asia.
A new report urges top humanitarian groups to create a more-local presence in disaster-prone areas - a change from the current firefighting mentality.
By Sophie Arie | Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor
ROME -- Much of the developing world is facing crises of biblical proportions - floods, droughts, even locusts. But in the post-9/11 era, these disasters pose new problems. Many fail to capture the attention of a West preoccupied with terrorism. Others are complicated by the nexus of humanitarianism and politics.
Hepatitis E is now among the major health concerns in Darfur. Between 22 May and 30 July 2004, a total of 625 cases and 22 deaths from acute jaundice syndrome were reported from health clinics in Darfur. Cases were identified through the early warning alert and response system (EWAR).
Flood waters in Bangladesh are receding after the worst floods for six years covered more than half the country in July, but the devastation continues.
More than three million homes have been destroyed and a million hectares of rice have been lost. About a quarter of a million people are still living in temporary accommodation such as schools and community centres.
Contaminated water supplies pose a continuing risk to public health.
Le gouvernement luxembourgeois suit avec une grande préoccupation l'évolution de la situation humanitaire dans le contexte des inondations qui touchent actuellement l'Asie, et plus particulièrement l'Inde, le Népal et le Bangladesh.