TDH provides emergency relief in flooded Bangladesh

Everything is underwater. Drinking water is not available: sinks and toilets are broken so the water is too contaminated to drink. While the Dutch media reports about Americans on boats in the flooded US city of Houston, 88.969 people are marooned in the Kurigram district of Bangladesh. India and Nepal are also affected by the floods, which leaded to more than 1,200 deaths and 1.8 million children shut out of school. Terre des Hommes is in Bangladesh to provide families and children with shelter, clean drinking water, food and hygiene kits.

Humanitarian aid

In sixty years, the floods were never so devastating and so widespread as now. In the Kurigram district in northern Bangladesh alone 50.031 hectares of crops went to waste. The water subsides only gradually, which is increasing the duration of the flood. People drown or die after being bitten by a snake. The first people to suffer from diarrhea from drinking contaminated water have been reported.

Food, clean water and shelter

Terre des Hommes works in the most affected areas of Kurigram district. Up to now, the TDH team has provided the following to families and children:

  • 5.000 Water Purification Tablets
  • 25,362 liters of purified water
  • 450 tarpaulins
  • 3000 hygiene kits
  • 350 food and hygiene kits for school children
  • and with the support of the World Food Program: 65.366 High Energy Biscuits

Scaling up the aid

However it is not enough. Much more help is needed. Railways and roads have been damaged, 83 health care centres are closed. To avoid an even worse situation, Terre des Hommes will invest in water and sanitation, child protection, food and cash transfers. By transferring money directly to the affected families, they can buy what they need most.

Money for Work

For those who are returning home, TDH invests in Money for Work. This means that Bengali people are paid for rebuilding their community and to protect it for future floods. This way they are investing in their own resilience. Residents can for example restructure the roads and communal shelter places or they can raise their household plinths, so the water will not pour in, when the water starts rising.

 

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