CARE has started distributing 2 weeks worth of food to people affected by floods in Chakoria and Ramu Upazilla, Bangladesh. The distributions are supported by European Commission - Humanitarian Aid & Civil Protection (ECHO). The food rations will be distributed to a total of 6000 families.
The two worst affected districts in the South East, Chakoria and Ramu have been flooded since 26 June, due to intense monsoon rainfall and water run off from the hills. According to locals, this flood is the most vicious in living memory. Though the death toll stands relatively low at ten, these areas have suffered huge damage, with communication links breaking down and homes destroyed. 40,000 acres of fisheries were totally swept away, causing huge financial loss to local fish farmers.
This flood comes only at the beginning of the monsoon season. The most damaging, larger scale flooding and water logging historically occurs in August and September.
The top priorities identified by CARE and partners are water, sanitation and hygiene, emergency shelter, emergency food security and support with loss of income. CARE is responding to those most in urgent need, with an immediate focus on very poor families; pregnant women & breast feeding mothers; elderly and disabled people; homeless people; and female-headed families.
CARE and local partner, SARPV, have also just distributed food and essentials to 1800 families from Boroitoli and Kakara; and 1700 families from Dhemusia and Purbo Boro Veula. Each family received 20 kilograms of rice, 5 kilograms of yellow peas, 7.33 kilograms of vegetable oil, 5 Oral Rehydration Salt packets, and 500 Bangladeshi Taka (£3.85). The yellow peas and oil were provided by USAID. The distribution will spread to other affected areas.