Initiating Emergency Relief for Bangladesh Flood
Due to continuous heavy rainfall since the end of June, the area along Meghna River in northern part of Bangladesh was widely flooded. The damage from the flood is worsening. The water level is still elevating. Houses and roads are flooded, and some districts are isolated. According to Bangladesh Disaster Management Information Centre, 131 people died, over 1 million people (360,000families) are affected by this flood. Since daytime temperature is more than 30 Celsius, worsening sanitary conditions and the epidemic of infectious diseases are feared.
AMDA Bangladesh dispatched an assessment team to obtain more information about current situation in the largely damaged area in Kurigram Dsitrict of Northern Bangladesh with a local NGO. In the assessment record, even though no death was reported, houses, crops field, and roads are damaged.
After receiving this report, AMDA Bangladesh decided to dispatch the first medical team consisting of medical doctors and other medical staff from AMDA Bangladesh and Japan Bangladesh Friendship Hospital to the affected area on July 12. AMDA HQ is planning to dispatch one coordinator to Bangladesh upon receiving her visa.
Proposed assistance for 25,600 people of 6,300 families in Kurigram district Upazola subdistrict includes: 1. Distribution of water purifying tablets/liquids 2. Distribution of food 3. Rendering mobile clinic and dispensing essential drugs 4. Rendering Primary Health care activities for prevention for further infection.