Bangladesh and Myanmar/Burma – Floods (ECHO, Government of Bangladesh, Government of Myanmar) (ECHO Daily Flash of 7 August 2015)

International response to flooding in the south-eastern districts of Cox’s Bazar, Chittagong and Bandarban, Bangladesh, is gaining momentum with WFP distributing emergency food to 165 000 people. The IFRC has made a DREF (Disaster Relief Emergency Fund) allocation for CHF 265 000 and is considering an international appeal.

ECHO partners are also reporting serious flooding in the western district of Satkhira in the aftermath of Cyclone Komen, with more than 27 000 persons affected. According to the Government of Bangladesh, 145 000 hectares of crops remain flooded a week after the cyclone made landfall.

In Myanmar/Burma, as assessments progress and areas become accessible, the number of people affected is increasing. The Ministry of Health is currently referring to over 1 million people affected. According to the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, 74 people have died and 330 191 displaced nationwide as a result of the floods.

On 6 August, water levels of the Irrawaddy River were reportedly more than 1 meter above the designated “danger level”. As the flood water will continue to flow downstream, and the authorities are taking preparedness measures. Some 40 000 people have been evacuated.

The European Commission has announced a contribution of EUR 1.5 million for emergency humanitarian assistance to flood victims in Bangladesh and Myanmar.