Bangladesh

Monsoon Floods: Bangladesh Humanitarian Coordination Task Team (HCTT) - Situation Report N. 3 (as of 11 September 2017)

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  • According to the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief (MoDMR) floodwaters have begun to recede from 28 out of the 32 flood-affected districts.

  • An estimated total of 103,516 houses are reported to have been destroyed and 618,955 have been partially damaged; 145 persons are known to have lost their lives due to the floods.

  • Over 650,000 hectares of standing crops have been damaged by the floods; the worst-hit crops are paddy (summer rice), jute (vegetable fibre), dhaincha (multipurpose legume) and vegetables.

Situation Overview

As of 10 September, the Government of Bangladesh reports an improvement in the situation and that floodwaters have started to recede in 28 out of the 32 flood-affected districts. However, there are still urgent humanitarian needs to be addressed with dire shortages of critical supplies, and crops and livelihoods reportedly severely damaged.

Access to the most affected areas in the northwest of the country remains a challenge as limited repairs to flooddamaged roads have taken place. More than 2,000 Medical Teams have been activated to support the health response and provide health education to flood-affected communities. The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) has activated a hot line (16263) for people to receive information on how to manage post-flood health problems. To date, there have been more than 13,000 cases of illness linked to the flood reported, including diarrhoea, respiratory infection, skin infection and eye infections. A web-based dashboard for disseminating information on the health situation as well as interventions in the flood-affected areas was developed (http://www.dghs.gov.bd/index.php/en/home/4601-health-situation-intervent...).

The Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BRCS) has 1,200 volunteers on the ground helping in the worst-affected districts, providing food, water and relief items to the most vulnerable. The Bangladesh Red Crescent mobile medical teams hope to reach 30,000 flood survivors across the country to treat diseases caused by contaminated flood water.

HCTT partners are scaling up the emergency response in the flood-affected northern and central parts of Bangladesh. On 1 September 2017, the HCTT launched an Emergency Response Plan to complement the timely and effective response by the Government of Bangladesh. The plan is seeking USD $12 million to provide immediate humanitarian assistance to 330,000 people (45 per cent men, 55 per cent women, 51 per cent children) (66,000 HH) for the next six months (August 2017 – January 2018), primarily in the six most affected districts: Gaibhandha,
Dinajpur, Kurigram, Amalpur, Nilphamari and Sirajganj.