In 2020, Bangladesh experienced its longest spell of flooding recorded in last three decades. Millions of people have lost homes, livelihoods and belongings. Many of these people were already living in poverty and continue to suffer from the effects of the COVID-19 lockdown.
We have provided emergency support to 50,000 families in 15 of the flood-affected areas. Through cash support of USD 24 (BDT 2,000), the families were able to meet their most urgent needs.
People who were displaced by the floods have returned to their homes and are trying to recover from the damages and losses with whatever little that remained. BRAC is providing recovery support to 12,000 of the worst-affected families, through the support of UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) through United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS). Through participatory cash-for-work and cash-for-livelihood activities, these families are now restoring their livelihoods and economic well-being.
The families received agricultural inputs to revive livelihoods and nutrition for their families. Homes were repaired, plinths were raised, and WASH facilities were constructed. To prevent spread of diseases, hygiene kits were distributed and promotional awareness messages, including for COVID-19 preventions, were disseminated.