CARE responds to flooding and cyclone emergency in South-East Bangladesh
August 4, 2015
1.8 million people have been affected by severe flooding and a cyclone in South-East Bangladesh. Since 23 June 2015, heavy downpours in the Chittagong, Bandarban and Cox’s Bazar districts have caused two periods of severe flooding and landslides, exhausting the capacity of local communities to cope.
The landfall of Cyclone Komen on 30 July, while causing less damage than anticipated, aggravated an already serious situation by hampering relief efforts and causing a tidal surge that broke a 25 km-long embankment and further inundated the densely populated area.
1,325,000 people (73% of the affected population) are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance. Families from 51,900 households have taken refuge in cyclone shelters and more have been displaced by flood waters.
Markets were also affected, with the price of red lentils, local potatoes and seasonal vegetables significantly increased due to supply chain disruption and stock damage. Temporary shop closures and reduced access to markets also impacted on community access to food.
As the leading international NGO responding to the flooding in Cox’s Bazar, CARE is facilitating a national Joint Needs Assessment (JNA) with other INGOs, local NGOs and UN Clusters to determine the further impacts of the emergency and the required response from the sector. The JNA has proposed an assistance package targeting 193,000 households, which will require immediate funds of USD 4.5 million.
CARE has also responded on the ground, working with partner NGO SARPV in Ramu and Chakharia Upazillas of the Cox’s Bazar district to provide emergency relief to the most severely affected vulnerable communities, targeting poor and extreme-poor households and focusing on the needs of women and girls.
Food security and WASH have been prioritized, with CARE providing 5,481 households with wheat, oil and split peas and water purification powder supplied by donors USAID and Proctor and Gamble respectively.
CARE is now working with Save the Children to distribute their Non Food Item stocks in targeted Upazillas, providing buckets and other water vessels, mosquito nets and plastic sheets.
CARE is working closely with local administration, disaster management committees, UN clusters, the NARRI Consortium and INGOs to ensure a coordinated and effective response to the emergency. Members of the NARRI Consortium have also proposed that CARE use its expertise to facilitate their response.
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