Highlights of the operations update:
• A total of 656 beneficiaries have been selected for the recovery phase interventions.
• Out of the 656 beneficiaries, 263 have opened their individual bank accounts to receive the conditional cash grant.
• BDRCS organized Participatory Approach for Safe Shelter Awareness (PASSA) training of trainer (ToT) from 18-22 November 2018 in Lalmonirhat district. PASSA sessions have been facilitated in four community groups by trained volunteers of BDRCS in December 2018. A total of 119 community people participated in the sessions.
• A total of 2,671 families received multipurpose cash grant, 8 types of seeds and hygiene items in Sirajganj and Kurigram districts.
Description of the disaster
In August 2017, heavy monsoon rains above the seasonal average severely impacted the riverine region of India, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh and resulted in intense flooding in almost two-thirds of Bangladesh.
According to the report from the National Disaster Response Coordination Centre (NDRCC) issued on 20 August 2017, around 6.9 million people were affected, approximately 593,247 houses and 650,000 hectares crops land were damaged. The death toll reported was 114 people and 297,254 people were displaced. Emergency response activities were immediately carried out right, yet those severely affected villages are still vulnerable. For these families, there is an urgent need for additional humanitarian assistance.