Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Bangladesh - Nepal - Syria
TitreDaily Noon Briefing Highlights: Bangladesh - Nepal - Syria
Heavy monsoon rains in Bangladesh in July 2019 July triggered widespread flooding, with the major river systems of Jamuna and Teesta recording their highest flood levels in a hundred years. Credit: OCHA/Anthony Burke
Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 17 July 2020
Bangladesh: Flooding continues
Flooding in Bangladesh continues to grow more severe, with about 1.4 million people currently affected.
Current estimates indicate that nearly half of all districts in the country will be affected in the coming weeks.
The UN is closely supporting the Government response and reaching those in need. A needs assessment will take place next week to support this work.
The Government of Bangladesh is allocating food (rice and dry food), fodder and cash for immediate response to the affected areas. 1,086 flood shelters have been opened and 596 medical teams mobilized.
Flooding is not unusual in Bangladesh. The UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) recently provided UN agencies with US$5.2 million in early funding to help families most at risk.
This anticipatory funding has since 11 July allowed partners to reach communities early with key assistance, including the distribution of sealable drums to protect agricultural equipment, and hygiene, dignity and health kits, as well as cash assistance.
Nepal: Floods and landslides
In Nepal, floods and landslides have affected several municipalities across the country since the beginning of the monsoon in mid-June.
As of 16 July, 101 people are reported to have died, 53 people are missing, and 96 people have been injured.
Local governments and the Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS) are providing ongoing support.
Search and rescue has been hampered by landslides in remote areas, which is also delaying the response in these areas.
NRCS has initiated initial rapid assessments, and data have been shared with relevant partners. Shelter, food and protection have been highlighted as key immediate needs.
Access remains the biggest challenge and discussions are ongoing with the World Food Programme (WFP) on how to reach affected communities, with helicopters the only viable option at present.
Other needs include the depletion of supplies due to the COVID-19 response and the need to relocate people in quarantine sites in areas at risk of flooding.
With further rains and flooding expected, the Humanitarian Country Team is discussing further monsoon preparedness measures and scaling-up coordination with provincial-level counterparts.
The UN stands ready to provide additional humanitarian support to the most vulnerable communities in Nepal at this critical time.
Syria: Violence in the north-west
The UN is concerned about the safety and protection of more than 4 million civilians in the north-west – more than half of whom are internally displaced – following reports of air strikes and shelling this week.
Air strikes were reported in north-west Syria for the first time in more than three weeks on 14 and 15 July. Seven communities in northern Lattakia governorate and southern Idleb governorate were affected, as well as a community in northern Aleppo governorate.
Artillery shelling reportedly affected at least 22 communities in Idleb and northern Lattakia governorate, and 1 community in western Aleppo governorate.
Local reports suggest that at least three people were killed, including a child. At least 26 people were injured, including nine children and four women.
The UN urges all parties, and those with influence over the parties, to ensure the protection of civilians and civilian infrastructure, in line with their obligations under international humanitarian law.