Non-government organization (NGO) BRAC has launched a month-long emergency relief programme to help the people in the haor (low-lying wetland) areas hit by flashfloods, resulting from continuous rainfall for about three weeks now.
Issuing a press release on Thursday, BRAC said that under the initiative worth Tk 15 crore, the NGO will support 50,000 families to cope with the immediate impact of the calamity.
The emergency relief programme will be carried out in four districts — Habiganj, Kishoreganj, Netrokona and Sunamganj — in coordination with the local government authorities.
However, BRAC launched its regular relief effort immediately after the flashflood had hit, said the press release by the non-governmental development organisation.
The press release read that with the fast deterioration of the situation and spread of flood affected areas, BRAC is undertaking this added emergency relief activity.
Gawher Nayeem Wahra, director of BRAC’s Disaster Management and Climate Change programme said, “We have taken up this initiative as there was a rapid deterioration in the situation in the last 48 hours.”
“A new crisis has emerged in the haors as fish and duck are also dying due to the incessant rain, besides the flooding of the crop fields. We have undertaken this effort to help the haor inhabitants cope with the immediate crisis,” the BRAC official added.