Flood 2019 – current situation

  • The Need Assessment Working Group (NAWG) published that there were approximately 300,000 people who were temporarily displaced due to the flood. From Gaibandha district alone, more than 79,000 people had left their homes. Only 9% were seen to return home which indicates risks of mass urban migration.
  • Approximately, 400,000 children (primary school) have still not been able to return to school. This increases the chances of school drop outs.
  • Drowning, snake-bites and lightning were the main causes for death during the flood this year. Diarrhoea cases were seen across all flood-affected districts but Jamalpur district had the highest number of patients with such water-borne diseases.

Flood’s impact on BRAC’s programmes

Microfinance programme: Across a total of 285 flood-hit branches, 283,467 borrowers and 11,321 village organisations are affected. The number of members who have withdrawn their saving has gone up to 7,911; which is a sharp rise since last week. Participants’ loan schemes have been made flexible and all participants are eligible for emergency loans for this disaster period.

Ultra-poor graduation programme: A total of 11,033 participants across 10 districts are affected by the flood. According to the programme, 2,546 participants are still displaced while 2,703 participants have returned to their home once the water receded. Altogether, 3,172 participants’ houses were damaged and 232 participants have suffered loss of livestock or crops.

Health, nutrition and population programme: Across 64 upazilas of 14 districts, 1,837 health volunteers, 209 health workers, 15,731 pregnant women and 2,896 lactating women are still affected by the flood. The overall impact of flood on participants across the programme is decreasing.

Water, sanitation and hygiene programme: Across 43 Upazilas of 11 districts, 124,512 sanitation facilities and 39,822 drinking water facilities of programme participants are affected by the flood.

Integrated development programme: Across nine unions of Itna upazila at Kishoreganj district, 263 village development organisations were affected and 1,335 latrines in the area were damaged by the flood. At Derai upazila of Sunamganj district, more than 8,000 households were enlisted to be impacted by the flood’s inundation.

Community empowerment programme: Across 80 upazilas in 22 districts, the programme recorded that 161,970 participants and 1,026 village communities (Palli Shomaj) were affected by the ongoing flood.

Urban development programme: A total of 5,743 programme participants’ families are affected across Mymensingh Gaibandha and Sirajganj municipality. The programme participants incurred a total loss of estimated BDT 73,542,500.

Education programme: During this flood period, 1,041 schools of the programme were damaged; 807 of which are pre-primary schools.