Since the beginning of the monsoon rain, BDRCS conducted awareness campaigns in the affected and threatened districts, assisted local authorities to evacuate people to safe shelter, provided first aid and light search and rescue support. BDRCS has mobilized 575 volunteers and 100 staff in the affected districts. From BDRCS – IFRC joint stock, 3,000 hygiene parcels were distributed and BDRCS has provided more than 20,000 litres safe drinking water in three worst affected districts. BDRSC also mobilized cash to the value of BDT 303,000 (approximately CHF3,400) for each of 10 most affected districts to provide immediate dry food support. In addition, a further 2,500 dry food and another 2,500 standard food packs have been mobilised in four districts. In addition, three rapid needs assessment teams deployed to three regions. To support BDRCS, IFRC allocated CHF 452,439 from its Disaster Relief Emergency Fund. With the support of German Red Cross and Swiss Red Cross they have distributed BDT 4,500 (approximately CHF50) each to 1,000 families in two districts.
The overall objective of the operation is to meet the immediate, medium-term and recovery needs of 30,000 families (150,000 people) affected by flooding in 15 most affected districts3 of Bangladesh.
The operation strategy is two-pronged:
• Meeting immediate, medium-term and recovery needs of communities affected by the current flooding.
• Anticipating and responding to additional humanitarian needs during the remainder of the 2019 monsoon season.