Monsoon Floods: Bangladesh Humanitarian Coordination Task Team (HCTT) - Situation Report N. 5 (as of 28 September 2017)

Report
from UN Resident Coordinator for Bangladesh
Published on 28 Sep 2017

This report is produced by the Humanitarian Coordination Task Team (HCTT) of Bangladesh in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It covers the period from 18 to 27 September 2017. The next report will be issued on or around 10 October 2017.

Highlights

• According to the second round of needs analysis conducted by the Needs Assessment Working Group (NAWG), priority concerns of floodaffected communities are food security, livelihood and shelter.

• A 4W map (Who, What, Where, When) for the current flood response was developed by the Humanitarian Coordination Task Team (HCTT).

• Shongjog (the multi-stakeholder platform on Communication with Communities in Bangladesh) is collecting and collating feedback from communities affected by floods in Bangladesh.

8 million
Affected people

32 Affected Districts

145
Dead

103,855
Houses Destroyed

633,792
Houses Damaged

4,636
Damaged Education Infrastructure

Situation Overview

The Needs Assessment Working Group (NAWG) has conducted a second round of assessments and analysis to identify how needs and priorities have changed in the affected areas as water has receded and affected people are trying to go back to their regular life. According to the available affected population data from the Department of Disaster Management (DDM)1 , 15 districts were identified, of which one most affected Upazila was selected for data collection.

The needs analysis report issued on 20 September, indicates that the priority concerns of flood-affected communities are food security, livelihood and shelter. In the flood-affected areas, most of the crop lands has been submerged for at least 5-7 days causing damage to crops, houses, infrastructures. People have lost their stored foods (rice, pulse, wheat etc.) as stocks have been washed away during the floods. Opportunities for income-generating activities have been very limited. Most of the houses are made of mud and straw and they have been fully damaged. Many people are still living in makeshifts shelters, in relatives’ home or under the open sky. These conditions might trigger security incidents in the affected areas and many affected people are worried about their family member’s safety and security.

The Government of Bangladesh, in collaboration with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has developed a six-year Climate Resilient Community Development (CRCD) project in the country’s northwest region with a greater focus on building flood protection for rural communities. The potential range of interventions of the project include early warning about floods; strengthening community preparedness about floods and climate change by providing information; temporary floods shelter for people and livestock during severe floods, improving productivity and diversity of crops within the limits of quality of soil.

HCTT partners have scaled 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.