Thursday, September 6, 2007

Bangladesh Flood Response Update

6th September 2007 (numbers updated from 19th August)

Women and their children walking back home through muddy fields after receiving relief packages form Concern, Madargonj, Jamalpur. Photo: Kiron Map/Concern Aug 07Overall damage to the country as assessed by government is as follows-

• More than 16 million people in 251 sub-districts under 39 districts have been badly affected by the floods which has damaged their homesteads, livelihoods and impacted on their health.
• Approximately 1.5 million acres of agricultural crops (seedbeds, transplanted seedlings, vegetables and standing jutes) are partially or fully damaged, with the approximate worth over 230 billion BDT.
• Fisheries worth 1.98 billion BDT and livestock worth 160 million BDT were destroyed.
• 532 educational institutions completely destroyed and 5608 partially damaged.
• 2,817 km roads completely and 17,463 roads partially damaged
• Over 89,000 homes completely and over 650,000 homes partially destroyedFloods waters have receded and people have returned to their flood ravaged homes. Many families have lost all assets face an acute shortage of food.

Emergency Interventions

Government support

• The government has announced that they will provide every month 10kg of rice to a total of 2,981,500 extremely poor families in all the districts affected. This rice distribution was to start on 22nd August.
• In addition to the supply of rice, the government has said they will also give Taka 10, 000 (140 US $) to each of these families
• The government has made a rehabilitation budget of 20 million taka for the flood affected people
• The government Agricultural Bank will distribute 70 billion BDT to the affected farmers.

Concern Worldwide Response

Concern Worldwide continues its relief response on 4th September to distribute relief to 31,000 families in 10 of the most severely affected districts hit by floods which have devastated parts of Bangladesh last month. The districts are Kurigram, Sirajgonj, Gaibandha, Bogra, Mainkgonj, Faridpur, Shariatpur, Jamalpur, Sherpur and Rajbari. Extremely poor families – many of whom have lost what little assets they own, have been given special focus as recipients for relief packages. The relief packages consist of both food and non-food items. The relief package for each family include: 30 kg rice, 3 kgs lentils (pulse), 2 litres vegetable oil, 1 kg salt, 10 packets of soya protein biscuits, 5 ORS packets and 3 pieces of soap. This operation is being funded by ECHO.

Previously Concern completed a relief response (funded by JOA) to an initial 11,000 families in Sirajganj, Manikganj and Faridpur between 31st July and 9th August. High Energy Biscuits supplied by WFP and targeted specifically at children were distributed to 13,916 families in Faridpur, Rajbari, Shariatpur and Magura. Another phase of relief (funded by Concern Worldwide) targeting 24,500 families in the 8 districts of Tangail, Nilphamari, Sirajgonj, Kurigram, Gaibandha, Jamalpur, Rajbari, Magura districts) was carried out between 9th and 23rd August.

Concern has requested Irish Aid to fund the relief distribution for a further 15-day relief package for the above mentioned 24,500 most adversely affected families in eight districts. Other proposals submitted to fund the flood response are to Isle of Man (IOM) and to Guernsey. Concern continues to contact different donors to ensure adequate resources to implement its overall emergency response plan.

1 comment:

eduardo waghorn said...

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