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Bangladesh hit by the worst floods in years

Devastating floods have displaced up to 28 million people in South Asia. It has now been raining in northern India, Bangladesh and Nepal for more than 20 days. Concern is working with its partners in Bangladesh to help those affected.

 

In Bangladesh, the water levels of major rivers increased earlier this week. The one exception was the Tista River. The resulting floods have affected up to 12 districts in northern Bangladesh.

Villages have been cut off by overflowing rivers. The majority of crops have been damaged. People are taking shelter on roadsides and do not have drinking water, shelter, sanitation facilities, cooking facilities or access to food. Local economies have stalled, and there is no work available. 

Some local government departments have been providing support to the affected families. However, in places, such as like Sirajganj, Lalmonirhat and Kurigram, the administration has requested assistance from NGOs.   

According to the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre in Bangladesh, the situation is expected to get worse as water levels continue to rise.

Food, water and sanitation

Along with local partners, Concern is using eight boats to conduct search and rescue missions in all of the flooded areas.  In addition to this, Concern has started distributing dry food to 11,000 affected people in three different districts, Sirajganj (close to Bogra), Faridpur (on the way to Khulna), Manikgang (north west of Dhaka).  

The initial assessments of the flood damage identified the main priorities as food, drinking water and sanitation. To address these needs, Concern is looking to distribute food for up to three or four days to those families forced from their homes.

Due to the scarcity of clean water, Concern will also be supplying pure drinking water or distributing water purification tablets to the areas affected most. Another requirement is sanitation facilities in temporary shelters. These are needed quickly to deal with the number of people who are seeking refuge in schools and on higher ground.

It is predicted that the flooding could get worse, resulting in a greater number of affected and displaced people. Concern is continuing to assess the situation across the country.