CARE has started emergency flood response to reach approximately 6,000 individuals in Sylhet primarily with Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), dignity kits, cash, and shelter support.
The National Needs Assessment Working Group (NAWG), of which CARE is co-chair, is coordinating to update the initial rapid assessment report to circulate with key donors soon.
Expressing his concern with the situation, Ram Das, Deputy Country Director – Program from CARE Bangladesh said, “With the current resources, we can reach only few thousands out of millions affected. As the water starts receding, the real scale of the damage can be assessed. We have an urgent need to raise funds to rehabilitate the affected families.”
Incessant rainfall in Meghalaya-Cherrapunji upstream and Bangladesh’s north-east region swelled up the main river systems beyond danger level, leading to the worst flood of the past century in this region.
Impacting an estimated 6.8 million people across seven districts, 80 percent of Sylhet and almost 100 percent of Sunamganj district are under water.