Media visit to CARE Bangladesh working areas in Sunamganj affected by flash flood
19 August, 2017
In order to draw wider attention to the post-flashflood situation in Haor areas, a media visit was organized in Sunamganj on 18 and 19 August. Journalists from two leading TV Channels Somoy TV and Ekattor TV visited the affected areas that also included CARE’s SHOUHARDO III and SHOMOSTI project areas. The visit primarily focused on how people are coping with the post-flood situation and what sort of support they are getting from the govt. and non-govt. authorities present there.
The devastating flash flood that started in April left the Haor dwellers with no food, work or shelter. Most farmers lost their crops and by now many left the areas looking for work in big cities. Children are also suffering as the schools are still submerged.
Flash flood is no surprise for the people in Haor basins, a region largely underdeveloped covering seven districts: Sylhet, Sunamganj, Habiganj, Moulvibazar, Kishoreganj, Brahmanbaria and Netrokona. Despite efforts from the govt. and the non-govt. sectors, the situation is yet to change for better.
In order to make people’s voices heard, the Haor Advocacy Platform (HAP) was formed in 2013. As a network of INGOs, NGOs and individuals, HAP undertakes advocacy and lobby initiatives with the policy makers and implementers. CARE Bangladesh is an active member of HAP. The media visit was conducted on behalf of HAP.