DHAKA-- The United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) will be providing much-needed support to 150,000 people most affected by the recent floods and water-logging in Satkhira district, in southwestern Bangladesh.
The donation of £440,000 (US$679,000) will support displaced women, men and children by providing a one-off cash grant of TK1500 to each affected household, designed to cover food needs for one month. The cash can be used to buy essential foods and other items, and in the process stimulate local markets.
The distributions, which will begin next week, will continue for ten days and are in addition to WFP’s ongoing nutrition support in Satkhira to children under five and pregnant and breastfeeding women, the groups most at risk of undernutrition.
"The UK is pleased to be able to help meet the basic needs of these 150,000 people affected by this disaster and will look at what more we can do to help their recovery efforts in coming months,” said Gwen Hines, Country Representative of DFID. “The persistent challenges faced in these vulnerable regions requires a sustained effort from all actors to help these communities build their resilience, and facilitate their recovery following the disaster."
Following heavy rainfall and flooding in Satkhira in July and August last year, WFP and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization conducted a joint food security assessment of the affected area. The December assessment highlighted that 30 to 60 percent of cropland in the most affected unions in Satkhira remains underwater, and that the prolonged high water levels continue to affect food production and work opportunities over the long term.
"The water-logging in Satkhira has put thousands of people’s livelihoods at risk, and women and children remain particularly vulnerable to undernutrition,” said Christa Räder, WFP Representative in Bangladesh. “This contribution from DFID will enable WFP to continue assistance to those worst affected. Such dedicated support from our partners enables WFP to help families recover from disasters and rebuild their lives.”