Bangladesh: UN Needs Assessment Team Touring the Flood Affected Areas

The United Nations Disaster Management Team (UNDMT) in Bangladesh met this morning (04 October 2000) to review the current flood situation in the South-Western region of the country. The team, comprising all UN agencies with a field presence in Bangladesh, was deeply concerned by the many reports from the affected areas, confirming that the current floods have made tens of thousands of families homeless, exposed them to water-borne diseases, and caused severe losses of livestock and property. Field staff from the World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) are already active in the affected districts and are reporting back daily to their offices in Dhaka. The UNDMT agreed to strengthen its monitoring/assessment by dispatching additional teams to the affected areas. Their findings will be reported back and discussed at the next meeting of the UNDMT which has been scheduled for Monday, 9 October 2000.

The UN field mission will assess the needs for assistance particularly by supporting the logistics needed and by providing special emergency supplies such as high protein biscuits, water purifying tablets, food for children, bleaching powder, antidote for snake-bites and anti-tetanus vaccine.

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