“We rushed to store our grain when we saw the water rising. When we came back, all our ducks, chickens and crops had drowned. The flood tore through everything.
Our crops and animals sustained our family throughout the lockdown. My husband was cultivating paddy and maize, I was raising chickens and ducks. We had even avoided catching the virus. The flood took everything”.
Aliza Begum is a resident of Kachua village in Gaibandha, northern Bangladesh, and one of more than 2.4 million people affected by the current floods. In addition to the damage to their produce, their home was flooded. Aliza, her husband and their children took shelter on the road, making a small hut with other families. The local government has provided them with 5kg of rice, pulses and oil.
BRAC has been supporting vulnerable families affected by the floods in northern Bangladesh, through distribution of dry food packages and oral saline, and construction of toilet facilities around flood shelters. BRAC is closely monitoring the situation through district and sub-district disaster management teams, tracking information from the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre and is on the ground ready to support the most vulnerable.