CARE Bangladesh responds to flooding in Cox's Bazar, Chittagong
On July 12 2012, CARE Bangladesh started off their emergency response to the flood affected people in Chakoria and Ramu Upazilla, in the South East District of Cox's Bazar. A total of 6000 families (Chakoria 3,500; Ramu 2,500) will be provided with 2-weeks food ration through this program.
The two worst affected districts in the South East- Chakoria and Ramu were flooded, since 26 June 2012, due to intense, monsoonal rainfall and water rush from hill tracts. According to the locals, this flood was the most vicious they have ever seen. Though the death toll stands at ten, 15 unions out of 18 unions of just Chakoria suffered huge damages as the communication links broke down and homes got destroyed. Additionally, 40,000 acres of water bodies, for fisheries, were totally swept out by the floodwater, incurring huge financial loss to the fish farmers.
Water, sanitation and hygiene, emergency shelter, emergency food security and livelihood support were identified as priority needs. CARE is responding to those most in urgent need, with an immediate focus on ultra-poor families; pregnant & lactating women; elderly, disabled persons; landless person; female-headed families. Ensuing the initial assessment, 3500 families in four unions of Kakara, Boroitoli, Dhemusia, Purba Boro Veula in Chakoria Upzilla; and 3250 families in five unions of Joarinala, Chakmarkul, Dokkhin Mithaichori, Kauarkhop and Fotekharkul in Ramu were selected for this distribution program.
CARE BD and local partner, SARPV, distributed commodities to 1800 families of Boroitoli and Kakara unions on July 12 2012; and 1700 families of Dhemusia and Purbo Boro Veula union on 13th July 2012. Each family received 20 kilogramm rice, 5 kilogram yellow peas, 7.33 kilogram vegetable oil, 5 piecces Oral Rehydration Salt, and 500 Bangladeshi Taka (6 USD). The yellow peas and oil were provided by USAID through SHOUHARDO II. The distribution will commence in Ramu upazila on 16-17 July 2012, alongside Chakoria.
This flood is the first in a series of monsoonal hazards - the most damaging, larger scale flooding and water logging historically occur in the upcoming August and September in Bangladesh.