Flooding in Bangladesh August 2017

Exceptionally heavy rainfall in India and Nepal has resulted in extensive flooding on rivers downstream in Bangladesh. Most of the north-western part of the country has been inundated which has implications for some of our project work. 

Nearly six million people have been affected and 93 people have died. More than half a million houses has been washed away or damaged and 450,000 hectares of cultivable land has been flooded.

Flood protection embankments have been breached at several points and crops damaged. 1,300 schools and colleges in flood affected areas have been closed and the local administration has prepared a medical response team to tackle the situation.

The water is travelling downstream and the south of Bangladesh is now facing increased water levels and similar problems to the north.

Our flood resilience projects in Sirajganj and Gaibandha have been very effective in protecting local communities. Early warning messages were sent to over 13,000 people via mobile phone to alert them to the imminent floods which meant they could evacuate before the water levels rose. Flood-proof houses on raised platforms have withstood the floods, protecting the families that live there as well as providing shelter for other families in the surrounding area that were not so lucky.

We have showed communities in Kurigram how to make floating gardens, which will soon be providing much need vegetables.

Preparing floating gardens in Kurigram

The floodwater is receding in Bangladesh, but that doesn’t mean the problems have gone too. Many crops have been washed away, leaving people hungry. In Rangpur, our teams are working local communities to help to build floating gardens.

Impact on our work

Many of our projects have been affected by this flooding, but those in the northern districts most.  Our staff are conducting assessments of losses and in some areas we are supporting the local administration to help the affected people. 

Pumpkins against Poverty projects, Rangpur and Kurigram

  • 90% of the household we are working with have been affected
  • 70% of these have cleared the water and returned home
  • 50% of these households have sold livestock to help make ends meet 

From Vulnerability to Resilence project, Sirajgang and Bogra

All project areas are flooded and we have been unable to reach them. Communities and partners are engaged in response but currently we are unable to undertake project activities. 

Climate resilient agriculture project,  Rajshahi, Dinajpur

All project areas are flooded and we have been unable to reach them. Communities and partners are engaged in response but currently we are unable to undertake project activities. A total of 5,570 beneficiaries have been affected.

Our faecal sludge plant in Faridpur was in grave danger of inundation, but luckily the water started to decrease after reaching a high danger level.

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