The situation

Unprecedented pre-monsoon rainfall and increased flows from the upstream Meghalaya hills in India has breached already-damaged embankments, destroying 200,000 hectares of rice ready to be harvested.

Many are saying that this is the worst crop damage in recorded history. The region produces 18% of the nation’s rice and accounts for 6% of GDP.

Flash floods are a yearly phenomenon, but this year the water came three weeks ahead of schedule, leaving no time to harvest crops. The region has a single agricultural season and locals rely on this harvest for their year-long supply of staple food. In a triple blow for farmers, an estimated 2000 tonnes of fish and 3844 ducks also died - leaving families with no significant source of livelihood until next year's harvest.

The response

70,000 families are receiving food and cash support

6,500 families are receiving fodder support

Livestock vaccination camps are being facilitated in coordination with government authorities

Students will soon receive midday meals in schools to improve attendance and ensure adequate nutrition

Recent responses

How we work

Bangladesh has a history of extreme climatic events claiming millions of lives, and the number of people displaced from their homes due to riverbank erosion, permanent inundation and sea level rise is increasing rapidly every year. A lack of awareness and coordination about disaster preparedness, climate change and its impact make the population even more susceptible to the effects of natural disasters.

Providing relief to disaster-affected populations was one of the very first goals we began our journey with. We focus on minimising the effects of climate change and reducing vulnerability through:

  1. Improving our institutional response capacity
  2. Building disaster risk reduction capacity at the community level
  3. Improving adaptability and coping ability through predictive research, information transfer and education