Period covered by this Operations Update: 1 September 2008 to 31 December 2008 Revised Appeal budget: CHF 5.095 million (USD 4.85 million or EUR 3.12 million)
Appeal coverage: 94.8%; Outstanding needs: CHF 261,142 (USD 274,309 or EUR 426,703).
- An Emergency Appeal launched on 3 July 2007 for CHF 842,257 (USD 684,762 or EUR 510,459) for six months to assist 133,255 beneficiaries.
- Emergency Appeal revised on 16 August 2007 to focus on the floods. The budget was increased to CHF 7,113,119 (USD 5,907,905 or EUR 4,310,980) for eight months to assist 1,200,000 beneficiaries due to the deteriorating situation.
- Emergency Appeal budget revised on June 2008 for CHF 5,095,836 (USD 4,851,236 EUR 3,118,852).
- Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) allocated on 20 June 2007: CHF 250,000.
The 2007 floods operation was extended for the second time for a period of three months from September 2008 to 31 December 2008. Most of the activities, such as the distribution of food and non-food items, were completed within or before 31 December 2008, except for the distribution of housing materials.
Regarding the reconstruction of houses, the International Federation supplier has completed the delivery of corrugated galvanized iron sheet (CGI) and roof ridges on 24 December 2008. An inspection agent has taken the post delivery sample for quality inspection and the result is expected by the first week of January 2009. Due to political and in-country situation, the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) has requested the distribution to be carried forward to January 2009 following the National Parliamentary election on 29 December 2008 and Upazilla (sub-district local government) election on 22 January 2009. This has been done to avoid misuse of humanitarian aid for personal interest or other benefits.
At present, the 31,850 pieces of blankets and 6,000 tarpaulin sheets from Zone logistic unit have arrived at the port of Chittagong and are waiting for custom clearance before they can be transferred to a privately owned warehouse in Dhaka. Goods such as saries and lungies (clothes for women and men) have already been stored in the Dhaka warehouse as buffer stock.
Due to the lack of funds, the funds allocated for the three water and sanitation activities were diverted to provide food and non-food items to the beneficiaries. A separate proposal to assist the affected families was also submitted to ECHO but was turned down. Thus, the assistance by BDRCS/International Federation was therefore limited to distribution of food and non-food items only.
On 25 December 2008, the newly purchased Mitsubishi Pajero Jeep and one unit of Toyota Hiace, procured under this programme, were handed over to BDRCS.