Bangladesh: Floods and Landslides Emergency appeal n° MDRBD010 Operation update n°3

GLIDE n° FL-2012-000106-BGD

Period covered by this Operation Update: 16 November 2012 to 31 January 2013

Appeal target (current): CHF 1,753,139

Appeal coverage: To date, the appeal is 81 per cent covered in cash and kind; and 83 per cent covered including contributions currently in the pipeline.

Appeal history:

• This Emergency Appeal was launched on 8 August 2012 for CHF 1,747,798 to support Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) to assist 9,500 families (47,500 beneficiaries) for 10 months. This operation will continue until 30 June 2013. A Final Report will be available by 7 September 2013.

• On 4 July, CHF 241,041 was allocated from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC’s) Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) in delivering immediate assistance to 5,000 families (25,000 beneficiaries) in eight districts: Bandarban, Cox’s Bazar, Chittagong, Sylhet, Sunomganj, Kurigram, Gaibandha and Jamalpur.

Summary

Torrential rain starting from 23 June 2012 resulted in floods and landslides, claiming lives and causing the destruction of homesteads and significantly affecting 10 districts in the country’s northern and south-eastern parts. Initially, the districts of Bandarban, Cox’s Bazar, Chittagong, Sylhet, Sunomganj, Kurigram, Gaibandha and Jamalpur were the most affected. Continual rain in Bogra and Sirajganj resulted in flooding as well. The two districts were not covered under the initial DREF operation. The assistance provided by government and other humanitarian organizations have been inadequate.

Government statistics on 31 July 2012 reported 131 deaths (125 in the country’s north-east and south-eastern hilly regions and six in the northern districts of the country). On 7 July the government’s Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation Office (DRRO) reported that a total of 1,029,695 families were affected across74 upazilas (subdistricts). On 31 July, the Disaster Management Information Centre (DMIC) reported that 352,750 families had been affected across 10 districts.