This project supports the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) in delivering humanitarian assistance to 105,000 people (21,000 families) affected by the end of July 2016 floods. The operation focuses on emergency relief and early recovery assistance in the following sectors: food and nutrition; health; shelter; livelihood; water, sanitation and hygiene; disaster risk reduction and institutional disaster response capacity enhancement. Since 19 July 2016, heavy rains in the main river basins of Bangladesh and upstream catchments of India have caused severe flooding in the north and north-eastern parts of Bangladesh affecting an estimated 3.7 million people (740,000 families) across 19 districts. As of 11 August 2016, 106 people died as a consequence of the floods. It includes 96 from drowning and 10 from snake-bite. Around 7,400 people sought refuge in 69 flood shelters. The official estimates indicate at least 250,000 houses have been destroyed or damaged. The project takes place in the 19 most affected districts: Lalmonirhat, Kurigram, Nilphamari, Rangpur, Gaibandha, Bogra, Sirajganj, Jamalpur, Madaripur, Sariatpur, Sunamganj, Faridpur, Rajbari, Manikganj, Munshiganj, Tangail, Dhaka, Chandpur and Rajshahi.
The focus will be on providing support to 11,000 families through the distribution of relief items, provision of cash grants for food and nutrition, emergency shelter assistance, health, and water and sanitation (WASH) interventions. 15,000 families will be supported during the early recovery through distribution of shelter materials, provision of cash grants for livelihoods recovery, WASH recovery interventions, medical services, and focused disaster risk reduction and resilience building in the longer term.
The population in temporary shelters or makeshift houses will be prioritized in the selection of beneficiaries in the affected locations. The vulnerability criteria focus on the elderly women, marginal income farmers, landless families, women-headed families, lactating mothers and physically challenged people. The assistance aims at 105,000 people (21,000 families).