2014 Strategic Response Plan Bangladesh (Northwest Flood), September 2014

SUMMARY

Strategic objectives

  1. To meet immediate needs of vulnerable population in the severely flood affected areas.

  2. Coordinate joint sectoral response to support people living in hard-to-reach locations.

  3. Provide appropriate support through ensuring common and standard assistance packages.

Parameters of the response

More than 370,000 households are estimated to be affected by flood in 9 districts of northwest Bangladesh. The total number of affected nationally is likely to be significantly higher with similarly severe flooding in the north-east districts of Netrakona, Sunamganj and Sylhet.

The impact of these floods will be felt most acutely by the extreme poor. It is estimated that 610,000 people (210,000 households) fall within this demographic. These populations are considered most vulnerable and will be the primary target for assistance packages.

The humanitarian community, made up of NGOs, NGO consortiums and UN agencies are planning to respond to the immediate food, nutrition and sanitation needs.

To date, approximately 80,000 people have been targeted for assistance over the next 2 months. This combines the response plans from WFP, NARRI and Deshari consortiums, and different international and national NGOs. The Government have provided almost 4 million Tk and 2,600 MT of rice to affected populations.

As new information becomes available the priorities and scale of the response effort may change. The current plan puts an emphasis on providing communities considered most vulnerable with assistance packages that will increase their greater ability to cope and rebuild.

PERIOD:

September 2014 – November 2014

100% 1.87 million people affected

32% of total affected 610 thousand considered vulnerable – the extreme poor.

13% of affected population 78,270 thousand people targeted for humanitarian assistance in this plan

USD 15.5 million requested

KEY HUMANITARIAN ISSUES

1 Communities are fearing late September rain that will hamper current recovery plans

2 Upcoming rice season has been lost which makes a successful rabi (vegetable) season even more critical

3 DMIC reports that 153,337 houses are destroyed and/or damaged in 9 of the affected districts of the NW

4 The upcoming cold wave season will most likely begin in December with worrying implication for families who have lost their homes

5 Water, sanitation and hygiene services will be inadequate in affected areas in the coming 2 to 3 months

6 JNA report indicated that much of the affected areas are classified as IPC Phase 2

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