Flood 2019 – current needs

Food security: Marooned families are in need of food. They lack the ability to purchase and prepare food in the makeshift homes. Dry food and few staple ingredients need to be ensured so that children’s nutrition intake is not hampered.

Cash support: Government, BRAC and other organisations have distributed some cash to the distressed families. However, there are still many families in need of cash to rebuild their broken houses, purchase food, and for other miscellaneous purpose such buying text books for their children.

Fodder support: Livestock rearing is one of the most common choice of livelihood in the northern districts. People are struggling to keep their cattle as they lack access to livestock feed. Unless fodder supply is stabilised and its price is made affordable, flood-affected distressed families may incur loss by selling cattle at cheaper price before Eid-ul-Adha.

Sanitation facilities: Many latrines were destroyed during the inundation. Access to sanitation is a challenge, especially for women and adolescent girls whose security is a concern in broken or makeshift homes. They tend to reduce food and water intake to avoid having to go to the latrine and eventually fall sick. For prevention of waterborne diseases, repairing and rebuilding latrines is urgent.

Safe drinking water: Once people return to their homes after floodwater recedes, there is a high chance that they will find their tube-wells either contaminated or broken. These tube wells urgently need to be disinfected or repaired so as to prevent spread of waterborne diseases.

Shelter needs: Many home have been partially damaged, if not completely destroyed by the floodwater. People require materials and technical support to repair and rebuild houses in order to make them livable again.

Child protection: The children are out of school and are living in harsh conditions at makeshift homes surrounded by water. They are prone to drowning and road accidents and many other hazards during this time. Child friendly spaces are required to keep the children safe and engaged in a learning environment.

Agricultural support: Farmers that have incurred land or crop loss require support to overcome this shock. Marginalised farmers may not have the financial capacity to purchase seeds, fertilizers or pesticides to revive their livelihood. Post flood, they will need livelihood support until they can re-cultivate their land and harvest suitable crops.

Medical support: Bearing in mind that flood-affected people may not be able to access or afford health services, there is a need to extend medical services to those who are now suffering health consequences caused by the flood. Awareness raising is urgent to tackle possible outbreak of diseases.