Bangladesh's Climate Challenge
Bangladesh is extremely vulnerable to natural disasters, with cyclones and flooding occurring regularly.
Samya Begum lives near the Jamuna River. Flooding means her family has to flee for drier ground at least once a year.
Flooded rice paddy fields are a common sight in Bangladesh. In an 'average' year, approximately one quarter of the country is inundated with water.
Every monsoon season, Samya is on edge, wondering when the flood will come and whether there will be any warning.
The areas around the Jamuna River in north-western Bangladesh are some of the most vulnerable to flooding.
Samya’s family receives monthly food rations as part of the Vulnerable Group Development programme.
Bangladesh is one of the most climate-vulnerable countries in the world and 83% of WFP beneficiaries live in disaster-prone areas. In an 'average' year, approximately one quarter of the country is inundated by water.