ACAPS Briefing Note: Bangladesh - Floods (3 August 2016)

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Crisis overview

More heavy rains due in Bangladesh: Forecast 1–7 August 2016

As of 3 August, some 3.2 million people across 16 districts of Bangladesh have been affected by monsoon-induced floods that began around 22 July. 42 deaths have been recorded and 38 officially confirmed, including mostly drowned minors, as nearly 7,400 people have sought refuge in 69 flood shelters. Some 250,000 houses have been destroyed or damaged. The affected populations are mainly in need of food, water and emergency shelter. More than 300,000 people are stranded in Shariatpur and Faridpur districts (OCHA 31/07/2016, ECHO 01/08/2016, BDN News 02/08/2016, ECHO 03/08/2016).

Humanitarian partners and the government have so far been unable to reach the targeted population with sufficient aid deliveries.

Key findings

Anticipated scope and scale

16 districts in northern and central Bangladesh, including Bogra, Faridpur, Gaibandha, Jamalpur, Kurigram, Kustia, Lalmonirhat, Madaripur, Manikganj, Nilphamary, Rajbari, Rangpur, Sariatpur,
Sirajgonj, Sunamgonj, and Tangail are currently affected by severe flooding. Floodwaters are slowly retreating in the north. In central Bangladesh continued rains, especially in the capital region, are putting hundreds of thousands of people at risk.

Priorities for humanitarian intervention

  • Food provision

  • Drinking water, sanitation and hygiene

  • Emergency shelter

Humanitarian constraints

Road closures and flooding of railway tracks hamper access to affected populations