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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Bangladesh - Democratic People's Republic of Korea - India - Yemen

11 Aug 2020

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Farming families in Bangladesh are experiencing the worst floods in a decade. Credit: FAO

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 11 August 2020

Bangladesh

In Bangladesh, people are experiencing the worst and longest monsoon flooding in years. At least 5.4 million people have been affected by severe flooding, with 11,000 households displaced and 135 people killed. A quarter of the country is inundated.

Humanitarian partners are working with Bangladesh authorities to assist people most in need with food, shelter, clean water, hygiene supplies and other requirements.

A US$40 million response plan has been launched to help more than 1 million of the people most severely in need. This includes support for children and women who are most at risk during natural disasters and who comprise more than 70 per cent of those targeted for assistance. 

Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

The Korean Peninsula has also experienced heavy rainfalls. In the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the unusual heavy rains between 1 and 6 August and again on 10 August have resulted in flooding. 

Some provinces, especially in the southern agricultural area, have reportedly seen a near total annual amount of rain in just a week. 

The UN team in the country is in contact with government authorities and stand ready to support its response to the most vulnerable communities if required.

India

In India, the south-west monsoon continues to affect most states, with more than 770 people reportedly killed across the country due to heavy rainfall and flooding this season.

India’s National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) reports that 568,000 people have been evacuated, with more than 210,000 hosted in more than 1,000 relief centres.

The worst-affected states are Bihar, where more than 482,000 people have been displaced, and Assam, with approximately 81,700 displaced people.

On 7 August, a massive landslide triggered by monsoon rainfall left at least 43 people dead and 27 others missing in the southern state of Kerala, according to NIDM. Search-and-rescue operations by national authorities are ongoing.

The UN stands ready to provide humanitarian support to the most vulnerable and affected communities in India.

Yemen

In Yemen, heavier-than-usual rains throughout 2020, including monthly flash floods since March, have affected at least 16 of the country’s 22 governorates.

Local authorities estimate that 130 people have died and more than 120 people have been injured across Yemen’s northern governorates.

The floods have led to the repeated displacement of people, with about 29,000 people already displaced in Al Dhale’e, Abyan and Hudaydah affected.

Entire houses have been damaged, with roads, telecommunication and Internet services affected in Sana’a Governorate, and electric towers and sanitation stations affected in Marib Governorate.

Humanitarian organizations are assessing the situation and mobilizing emergency assistance, including relief items for flood-affected families.

Movement restrictions due to COVID-19 and limited non-food supplies are challenging the humanitarian response. 

To date, the Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan is only 21 per cent funded.

Donors are urged to pay all outstanding pledges immediately and to consider increasing their support.

Limited donor funding is forcing core programmes to close or reduce support across different sectors, including food, water, health and nutrition.