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Emergency food assistance to 200,000 flood victims in Bangladesh

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has been providing help to more than 200,000 Bangladeshi flood victims by distributing emergency food supplies. The aid comes a week after massive floods engulfed more than half of the country.

Many flood survivors in Bangladesh have lost everything

In partnership with local NGOs, the WFP is giving micro-nutrient fortified biscuits to people living in the most affected areas in Northern Bangladesh. “Many flood survivors have lost everything: their homes, their possessions, their crops. People need food right now, and the full impact on long-term food security threatens to be devastating,” said WFP Representative Christa Räder in a statement.

Dinajpur, Gaibandha, Kurigram, and Lalmonirhat are the worst-hit regions in the country. The families there, who are staying in temporary shelters will receive 3.75 kg of biscuits. That should help them through the coming days. Many don’t have the opportunity, or even the tools to cook and returning home isn’t an option either at the moment. A large number have lost their homes, businesses, crops, and livelihoods and are now vulnerable to food insecurity, lack of income and poverty.

Source: OCHA

In Bangladesh, more than 6.9 million people have been hit by the floods, and more than 580,000 hectares of crop land have been destroyed. But the flood is affecting not just Bangladesh, but the entire region. As a result of the torrential monsoon rains, almost 41 million people in India, Nepal, and Bangladesh have felt the result of the rising water levels. At least 900 people are known to have died, and tens of thousands more lost their homes. Schools and hospitals have been destroyed leaving people displaced and in urgent need of life-saving assistance. With the threat of continuing rain in the flood-affected areas, there is the possibility that the situation could deteriorate further. The governments in the three countries are leading the response with support from domestic humanitarian agencies, United Nation, national Red Cross, the private sector and the military. However, many areas remain inaccessible because of the damage to roads, bridges, railways, and airports.

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