Bangladesh Floods Alert
heavy floods affect almost one fourth of the country
Soon after the cyclone on 19 May which caused untold havoc, Bangladesh - one of the poorest countries, is currently in the grip of massive floods. This is the second devastation in less than 2 months.
UN reports confirm the devastation as severe with almost one fourth of the country affected by flash floods and land/mudslides.
Life has also been disrupted in the capital
city of Dhaka with low areas inundated. Adding to the misery, a tornado
through three flooded villages in Munshiganj district near Dhaka injuring several people and levelling thousands of houses while two mild tremors were felt in Chittagong on Friday night.
Sixty people have been reported dead and many missing. More than 100,000 people have lost their homes and nearly 800,000 people are marooned in different parts of the country. At least 300,000 acres (120,000 hectares) of crop land have been inundated and direct road, train and air communications have been severely disrupted.
The Government of Bangladesh launched immediate relief operations through its 3 Armed Services, which included air drop of relief supplies to marooned people.
ACT partner Social Health & Education Development (SHED) Board in Bangladesh reported that thousands of people remained marooned in the affected areas as torrential rains continued for 7 days. Low lying areas in 20 out of 64 districts were inundated, hundreds of kutcha (mud and thatch) houses collapsed and standing crops on thousands of hectares of land were damaged in the flash flood caused by incessant rain and onrush of hilly water. Thirty-two people are reportedly killed by landslides due to the rains.
The flood hit districts are Chittagong,
Cox's bazar, Rangamati, Bandarban, Khagrachari, Rangpur, Dinajpur, Thakurgaon,
Mymensingh, Netrokona, Barisal & Gopalgonj where the situation continues to deteriorate.
People have taken shelter on the roof-tops
of their houses and the less fortunate, .... under the open sky. Eleven
reported to have crossed their respective danger marks while others continued to rise under the influence of heavy rain,
signalling extensive floods in a vast area of the country. To save human lives, ACT/SHED is preparing to launch an emergency relief program in the affected areas. The immediate plan is to assist 2000 families with food, clothing and
shelter material amounting to US $ 92,000.
The ACT Coordinating Office has responded to SHED's request with US $25,000 from its Rapid Response Fund.
Other ACT partners in Bangladesh such as CCDB and BASSA are assessing the situation.
Thank you for your attention and support.
For further information please contact:
ACT Co-ordinator, Miriam Lutz (phone
++ 41 22 791 6032)
ACT Appeals Officer, Neville Pradhan (phone ++41 22 791 6035)
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