The 2019 floods in Bangladesh
Heavy rains and overflowing rivers have consumed 21 districts in both north-eastern and north-western parts of Bangladesh since early July. An estimated 119 people have lost their lives due to drowning as well as factors such as snake bites and lightning strikes.
The torrential rains have damaged more than 580,000 houses. The high water levels have also left thousands of people unable to access the 1,000 temporary shelters set up by the Bangladeshi government.
In the period between 10 July and 24 July alone, it is estimated that more than 307,000 people were forced from their homes across Bangladesh.
5,571 instances of diarrhea
1,610 pneumonia cases
1,905 instances of skin disease
479 eye infections
56 non-lethal snake-bites
8 wounds due to lightning strikes
4,695 other cases
Concern is currently working with local partner Rangpur Dinajpur Rural Service (RDRS) to support affected populations within the Empowering Women and Youth Project in Kurigram Sadar Upazila. We are also assessing the need for additional resources.
START funding will allow us to provide hygiene kits and cash-based support so people can access food, clothes, and medicine, as well as repair houses and purchase necessities.
We also continue to operate in the southeast region of Cox’s Bazar, which hosts the world’s largest refugee camp. Close to one million Rohingya refugees have crossed the border from Myanmar since August 2017.
Flood Resilience and the Rohingya Crisis
While the worst of the rains have hit northern parts of the country, Cox’s Bazar did experience heavy rains in early July. We continue to provide high quality nutrition programs targeting vulnerable children in the region. To-date, we’ve treated over 40,000 children under the age of 5 for acute malnutrition.
We are currently working across 8 refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar. Many homes are positioned on slopes and unstable terrain, with the structures made using bamboo and tarpaulin.
Our priorities for those living in Cox’s Bazar include securing rooftops on the homes most susceptible to water damage, and building canals that will force any flood waters to flow around (rather than through) the affected areas.
We have also partnered with Mercy Corps and Practical Action as part of the Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance, a combined effort of organizations dedicated to finding practical ways to help communities in both developed and developing countries strengthen their resilience to the risk of flooding.
Our team is working to ensure access to sanitation facilities and that vulnerable groups including women, children and the elderly have access to fresh water and food support.
How you can help
Concern has operated in Bangladesh since 1972, with a focus on both long-term development projects and emergency response work. You can help transform lives in Bangladesh by donating today.