Bangladesh: Floods Appeal No. MDRBD002 Operations Update no. 6

Situation Report
Originally published


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In Brief

Operations Updateno.06; Period covered: 13-27 September2007; Appeal target: CHF 7,113,118 (USD5,907,905 or EUR4,310,980); Appeal coverage:46%; Outstanding needs: CHF3,849,733 (USD3,200,110or EUR2,341,686).

Appeal history:

-Emergency appeal launched on 3 July 2007 for CHF 842,257 (USD 684,762 or EUR510,459) 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 (USD5,907,905 or EUR 4,310,980)for eight months to assist 1,200,000 beneficiaries due to the deteriorating situation.

-Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) allocated on 20 June 2007: CHF 250,000 (USD 203,252 or EUR 150,875).

The revised appeal launched on 16 August for 7,113,119 (USD 5,907,905 or EUR 4,310,980) in cash, kind or service to assist 240,000 families (1,200,000 beneficiaries) for eight months has received CHF 3,263,385 to date. The Federation is grateful for the support received; however, additional help is required to meet the needs outlined in the appeal.

Operational Summary

Bangladesh has experienced a new, potentially more devastating round of floods. Environmentalists and flood experts have expressed concerns over the intensity of these second spell of floods, which is also predicted to last for quite some time. As this second phase came only shortly after the first round of flooding, the immense suffering of the affected people continues and has worsened in some cases. Displaced families either have taken shelter in places provided by agencies or are living in high roads, schools, mosques, etc.

Fresh floods threaten major damage on newly sown paddy rice and vegetable fields - over a million hectares of land across the inundated districts. If the waters do not recede fast in these districts, these crops could be completely lost contributing to the huge loss of the farmers and adding to the looming food crisis. Diseases are also spreading since there is scarcity of drinking water and inadequate treatment facilities in remote areas. As roads have been partially or fully damaged due to the floods, it has become very difficult to reach people in remote areas.

Contact information

- Bangladesh Red Crescent Society: Mr. M. Shafiul Alam(Secretary General), email:, phone: +88.02.935.2226

- Country Delegation in Bangladesh: Mr. Selvaratnam Sinnadurai (Head of delegation), email:, phone: +88.02.933.7314, fax: +88.02.934.1631

- South Asia Regional Delegation in India: Mr. Al Panico (Head of regional delegation), email:, phone: +91 1124111122, fax: +91 11 2411 1128

- Asia Pacific Zone in Malaysia: Regional Logistics Unit - Mr Ilir Caushaj (Regional logistics coordinator),, phone: +60 326282707, fax: +60 3 21688573; Kuala Lumpur Disaster Management Unit (DMU) - Mr Latifur Rahman (Regional disaster management delegate), email:; phone: +60 3 2161 0892, mobile; +6012 975 0144.

- In Geneva: Asia Pacific Department, Mr. HirotoOyama (Regional officer), email:, phone: +41.22.730.4273, fax: +41.22.733.0395