An estimated 1.5 million people have been affected by the flood, followed by days of heavy rainfall. Over 600,000 people have already been impacted in Kurigram district alone, 9,000 houses have been destroyed, another 12,000 seriously damaged and harvests have been devastated. Friendship has taken measures to support the affected people through food relief, shelter, health care and other support. The overall aim of this project is to help 20,000 households living in misery in northern Bangladesh
Due to continuous heavy rain fall, water bodies reached its fullest capacity. Mostly people shifted to government roads and embankments, schools and relatives houses. They need 'boat support' desperately for shifting. The flooding caused disruption of communication and the affected areas are expected to face severe scarcity of food, drinking water and fuel as they lack earning except savings and stocks for few days. They are staying in open place with broken house or with polythene sheets.
By having rich experience in disaster management & preparedness, Friendship initiated boat for shifting and mobility, emergency and temporary tube well and latrines, medical camps, water purifying tablets distribution etc. Our schools, plinths and other facilities providing shelter in many places for the flood affected people. In this context, while Friendship's Health Teams are already on site providing medical support to control health hazards due to the lack of access to drinking water.
As the victims' livelihoods have been damaged, it is a foremost thing to provide relief and support. Rehabilitation of the affected households in the villages will ensure that these families come out of the calamity. Their lives will be renewed and their children will be able to go back to school. The displaced families will get back their lives in terms of rebuilding their home, scope for earning to ensure food support and protect them from further deterioration.