Emergency Assistance for Flood Affected People in Bangladesh in 2017

Goal of the project: To assist the poor from vulnerabilities of natural hazards and help to lead normal life.
Objective of the project: To assist the flood affected vulnerable poor to protect themselves from pernicious effects of flood so that they can return to normal life.
Duration of the project: 25th September 2017 – 25th November 2017
Donor: Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe (DKH), Germany through ECNET
Background information of the project: Bangladesh had experienced flooding on an unusual scale during the latter half of the monsoon season in 2017, which spread over 32 districts. As emergency response, ECNET taken up a project to help flood-affected people, and SHAREE, as ECNET Partner NGO (EPNGO), implemented emergency programmes in Sherpur Sadar upazila, Sherpur from 25th September 2017 to 25th November 2017.
Results: Through implementation of the ECNET relief programme, the flood affected people of the remote villages of Sherpur received assistance from SHAREE working in the communities. The major outcomes of the relief programmes were as follows:

  • The flood affected vulnerable people have been recovered from their intolerable sufferings.
  • The flood affected people received emergency survival support that include; rice, lentil, edible oil, salt and baby food.
  • The relief programmes helped the community people to keep safe from emergency food insecurity and health hazards.
  • Relief programme also helped the vulnerable community people to start their income generation activities as per their own capabilities which supported them from starvation and economic hardship.

Conclusion: SHAREE, with the support from Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe (DKH), Germany through the ECNET, implemented the emergency relief distribution programme to provide humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable people of the flood affected areas of Sherpur. As the resource was very limited and the demand was very high, SHAREE had to face challenges to ensure supports to the most deserving affected families. The selection process of the most vulnerable victims was participatory and transparent. The local government representatives and also the local administration were highly involved with the process and expressed satisfaction as the distribution process was systematic and well organized. Having the most deserving support in the time of their need, the flood-affected people were found to be very happy and satisfied.