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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Bangladesh

21 Jul 2020


Kurigram, Bangladesh, 1 July 2020. Credit: WFP/Mehedi Rahman

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 21 July 2020

Bangladesh: Update on floods and response

Flooding in Bangladesh, which may be the longest since 1988 according to forecasts, continues in the county.

The situation is still evolving, and it is unlikely that the water will start receding before next month.

As of today, more than 2.4 million people have been impacted across 18 districts, including 56,000 people displaced and taking refuge in government shelters. At least 54 people have reportedly died to date as a result.

Nearly 550,000 homes have been inundated and flood protection infrastructure such as embankments and dams has been damaged.

The UN and humanitarian partners are supporting the government-led response efforts by providing emergency food packets, water purification facilities, hygiene and dignity kits, and emergency shelter supplies.

The UN Central Emergency Response Fund 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.

Flood response and recovery efforts are further complicated as they take place concurrently with the ongoing recovery response to Cyclone Amphan, as well as in the COVID-19 pandemic context.