Bangladesh: Floods Appeal No. MDRBD002 Operations Update no. 7

Situation Report
Originally published


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In Brief

Operations Update no. 07; Period covered: 27 September to 10 October 2007; Appeal target: CHF 7,113,118 (USD 5,907,905 or EUR 4,310,980); Appeal coverage: 47%; Outstanding needs: CHF 3,749,748 (USD 3,202,176 or EUR 2,258,884).

Appeal history:

- 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.

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

Operational Summary

The situation continues to deteriorate in Bangladesh despite the receding floodwaters. Millions of people have been displaced across the country and are still living on embankments and roadsides in temporary, flimsy shelters. The number of deaths has increased to 1,100, and diarrhoea, dysentery and other waterborne diseases are spreading fast. Fresh floods have damaged newly sown paddy rice and vegetable fields - approximately over a million hectares of land across the inundated districts. In many areas, access is only possible by boat.

The national society volunteers in the field have assisted in the selection of beneficiaries for distributing supplementary food and non-food items. They have also helped in training the beneficiaries on how to pitch up the tents, which were recently distributed to 11 districts. The volunteers are visiting the beneficiaries who received the tents on a regular basis to provide further assistance, and the relief items that have been distributed so far will be an enormous help for the upcoming annual festival to the flood-affected people.

For further information specifically related to this operation please contact:

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 11 2411 1122, fax: +91 11 2411 1128.

Asia Pacific Zone in Malaysia: Regional Logistics Unit - Mr Ilir Caushaj (Regional logistics coordinator),, phone: +60 3 2628 2707, fax: +60 3 2168 8573; Kuala Lumpur Disaster Management Unit (DMU) - Mr. Latifur Rahman (Regional disaster management delegate), email:; phone: + 60 3 2161 0892, mobile; +60 12 975 0144.

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