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Flood Situation Report

Flood Situation in Northern Bangladesh

RDRS Bangladesh/Dhaka, 15.08.2017: Due to heavy rains and fresh onrush of water from upstream during the past couple of days, most of the northwest parts of Bangladesh were fully inundated which tuned to catastrophic flooding. The situation further deteriorated following continuous onrush of water from upstream and marooning about 11 lakh people of over 3 lakh families in six northern districts. As per information of the District Relief and Rehabilitation Officers (DRRO) of the affected districts and different media, 31 people, including 15 in Dinajpur, eight in Kurigram, five in Lalmonirhat, two in Nilphamari and one in Gaibandha drowned in floodwater during the last couple of days. At least 165,000 hectares of cropland have gone under water where around 50,000 hectares are badly affected. Many bridges, culverts and roads of the districts have been broken and some sections of these roads made by earth are washed away. As a result, the rail communication in Dinajpur, Lalmonirhat and Kurigram remained suspended since Sunday and road communication also disrupted. Around 1000 educational institution of these districts have been closed as those have been either flooded or flood hit people have taken shelter there. Around 70,000 families have taken shelter on high land, embankment, schools and different safe places. Thousands of flood victims in the submerged areas have been passing miserable life with inadequate relief. Shortages of pure drinking water and food intensified the sufferings of the marooned people. Some of the displaced people have passing their days under the open sky as their dwellings were washed away by floodwaters. The flood-hit people are seeking assistance from the government or other organizations.

Government of Bangladesh is monitoring the flood/inundation situation and publishing flood situation reports. In that connection, District Disaster Management Committee (DDMC) and Upazilla Disaster Management Committee (UDMC) have called special meeting for analyzing flood situation and local response.Government has allocated dry food, general relief (GR) and cash support for the people of affected areas. In the meantime, local administration of the six districts of Northwest region has distributed around 2,000 MT rice, 8000 packets dry food and cash BDT 5.5 million. RDRS is closely monitoring the whole situation and drafting situation report to share with all concerned. Besides, RDRS is maintaining regular communication with district and local administration especially DRRO (District Relief and Rehabilitation Officer) office and also community people through Federation Disaster Management Community of Union Federation.

As of now, assessments are ongoing and the primary emerging needs are food, clothing, non-food items and temporary shelter materials which will be of immense help for the flood affected families. RDRS has an emergency fund of BDT 2000,000 which is not enough to ease the immediate sufferings of the affected people. However, RDRS is planning to distribute dry food among 5000-6000 program participants of Rangpur division who are badly affected by current flooding.

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