Relief for Flood Affected Victims in Bangladesh
Bangladesh is a river irrigated land and also a country of natural calamities. People of Bangladesh are facing various kinds of calamities every year like flood, river erosion and cyclones etc. The people most impacted by this are those who live in the coastal areas.
This year, a heavy monsoon rainfall from 9 July 2019 poured throughout the country. The flow of vast bodies of water has led to a massive flooding situation in low lying areas of northern, north-eastern and south-eastern districts of Bangladesh. Even Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) districts along with Cox’s Bazar have become highly threatened of potential flash flood and landslide. Cox’s Bazar is a major center for Rohingya refugees in the country as well.
Jamalpur is one of the most affected districts among the 15 most affected districts. The situation in Jamalpur is worsening due to the continuous rain.
According to the Needs Assessment Working Group of Bangladesh, over 60,000 families in low-lying areas are abandoned in their home or community shelters. Islampur of Jamalpur district is the most stricken are with 200,000 people abandoned by floods. Flooding has triggered river erosion, breached dams, snapped road and rail links, inundated crop fields and forced educational institutions shut. Over a dozen people, mostly children, have drowned as flash floods washed away homes or boats over turned.