A report on North Eastern Flash Flood, May-June 2022 released yesterday by Need Assessment Working Group, Bangladesh which said 7.2 millions people of 9 districts (Sunamganj, Sylhet, Hobiganj, Moulovibazar, Mymensingh, Sherpur, Brahmanbaria, Kishorganj and Netrokona) of North-Eastern Part of Bangladesh have affected and 481,827 people have temporally displaced during the recent floods caused by heavy rains in the northeastern region and upstream Indian State Assan and Meghalaya. Kurigram District also inundates, but the report does not cover the district.
The report shows that crops of 83,394 hectares have been damaged while 219,405 livestock (seems counted only Cows, if goat, hen, ducks could be counted, it could be larger in number and also in financial losses) have been affected whose 4056 died; financial loss in livestock sector has been calculated $28.1 millions. Sanitation and water sources has been severely damaged. A set of recommendations have made in the report for extending emergency supports to affected people of the floods. But it has a long-term impacts while the primary income source (wages and crops) and secondary source of income (cattle rearing and home-based informal sectors) also damaged, so the livelihoods security in long term will be impacted which will enforce permanent displacement, particularly from the extreme poor folk.
Not sufficient, but it is found that many individuals, organizations, institutions irrespective of government and non-government are extending humanitarian emergency supports to the affected people. Government has already allocated 7 crore 11 Lacs Taka in Cash and about 6 Mt rice, about 1 Lacs 23 thousands packets dry foods, 40 Lacs Taka for purchasing food for children and 40 Lacs Taka for purchasing feed for cattle in kinds to the 14 districts office for the period of 1st April to 26 June 2022. But there have lack of coordination. We must think about it for the future and as a policy actors, we must raise the question of coordination among individual, government and non-government institutions of emergency humanitarian activities. People are responding, we hope we will able to increase our effectiveness of humanitarian responses and jump another sphere in crisis management and humanitarian responses sector.