Flooding in North‐Western Bangladesh: HCTT Joint Needs Assessment

Report
from Local Consultative Group - Bangladesh
Published on 08 Sep 2014 View Original

KEY FINDINGS

  • Almost 2 million people are affected in the nine districts assessed. By visiting officials at the Union level, the JNA found that 1,876,636 people were reported as affected – this is 33% of the population in the affected area.

  • 642,264 people affected in Kurigram (38% of the total population of the affected)

  • 423,679 people affected in Sirajgonj (43% of the total population of the district affected)

  • 338,459 people affected in Gaibandha (41% of the total population of the district affected)

  • 140,610 people affected in Jamalpur (29% of the total population of the district affected)

  • 111,239 people affected in Bogra (61% of the total population of the district affected)

  • 81,091 people affected in Lalmonirhat (11% of the total population of the district affected)

  • 64,603 people affected in Rangpur (19% of the total population of the district affected)

  • 50,876 people affected in Sherpur (26% of the total population of the district affected)

  • 23,815 people affected in Nilphamari (9% of the total population of the district affected)

  • In terms of priority districts:

  • By percentage of the population affected, the districts of most concern are Bogra, Sirajgonj, and Gaibandha - Kurigram is a priority district because approximately 650,000 people are affected and reports indicate that over 120,000 people are presently displaced

  • Based on female headed HHs comprising 7.8% of the total households in the area, it is estimated that 146,378 female headed households are affected.

  • Overall, food is the first priority reported by Union officials

  • The most impacted livelihood groups at this stage appear to be small and marginal farmers, and day labourers (agricultural and non‐agricultural).

  • Other main reported needs include livelihoods, sanitation and water

  • Although greater investigation is needed, present information indicates significant impact to standing crops which will impact agricultural labour, potentially extend the lean season and have “knock on” effects on food security1

  • Immediate food security has been severely affected and food stocks destroyed.

  • A significant proportion of assessed unions of affected areas in Bogra, Sirajganj, Gaibandha, Jamalpur,
    Kurigram and Sherpur districts reported immediate relief needs and zero or inadequate resources available at union levels to manage the needs

  • Union authorities report food, followed by sanitation and livelihoods as their main priorities for assistance

  • DMIC reports that 153,337 houses are destroyed and/or damaged in the districts under consideration.2

As people return home and waters recede damage to houses is likely to become for evident and this number may increase