Bangladesh

Bangladesh: Floods - Emergency appeal operations update n° 2 (MDRBD017)

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19-23 July: Heavy rains in the main river basins of Bangladesh and upstream catchments of India have caused severe flooding in the north and northeastern parts of Bangladesh affecting 19 districts.
Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) mobilized volunteers to provide immediate assistance, including evacuation services.

24-28 July: BDRCS allocated CHF 8,750 (BDT 700,000) for procurement and distribution of dry food in seven flood affected districts (Kurigram,Bogra, Sirajganj, Jamalpur, Nilphamari, Lalmonirhat and Sunamganj). Nilphamari Red Crescent unit distributed cash for dry food to 1,000 families, while Bogra Red Crescent unit distributed dry food to 400 families through their local fund. Four Red Crescent units mobilised eight water treatment kits (capacity 1,000 lit/hr) and NHQ mobilized one treatment kit (capacity 4,000 lit/hr) to provide safe drinking water to the affected people.

29 July: An update entry made on DMIS and an information bulletin published.

2 August: 50 mobile rapid latrine and around 3,000 water buckets mobilized to four districts.

4 August: To respond to the heavy rains in mid-July and subsequent severe flooding, Humanitarian Coordination Task Team (HCTT) organized a meeting to decide on the trigger for a rapid needs assessment.

8 August: CHF 248,701 allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Emergency Relief Fund (DREF) to support BDRCS in addressing the immediate needs of up to 55,000 people.

11-15 August: 106 people have died as a consequence of the floods as of 11 August 2016 (96 from drowning and 10 from snake-bite). Around 7,400 people are seeking refuge in 69 flood shelters. Based on the damaged situation and considering the HCTT damaged report BDRCS has identified 11 affected districts and allocated emergency food and non-food items packages for two weeks’ assistance. BDRCS mobilized resources in eleven districts to support 6,000 families in terms of non-food items and cash for immediate food and household needs.
A communication team (IFRC AP Region, CO and BDRCS) moved to the field for 3 days and collected case stories.

16 August: Emergency Appeal launched for CHF 1,637,374 to support BDRCS to scale-up the delivery of humanitarian assistance to 105,000 people.

18-26 August: Teleconference with movement Donors and partners on Flood 2016. BDRCS, with support from IFRC, organized shelter cluster meeting on 18 August. IFRC Head of Country office visited flood affected communities on 22 and 23 August, following which IFRC publishes web stories highlighting the daily struggle of affected families in the north. BDRCS mobilized five medical teams to the affected areas (each team consisted of one physician, one paramedic and two RC youth volunteers).

1-30 September: Due to an industrial dispute related to the Government increasing salaries, and the Eid festival, work was limited but the preparation of the pending relief phase activities and recovery plan was done. Operation update no.1 was issued on 9 September.

1-31 October: The beneficiary selection and distribution of cash for food targeting 600 people was carried out by the volunteers in the hard-toreach district of Tangail. Flood early recovery programme inception meeting was held in Jamalpur district on 27 Oct. The assessment for the remaining 400 beneficiaries in Shirajganj district was completed and the distribution is expected to start on 7 November.