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Aid for flood victims

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Oxfam has launched an emergency response programme to help the people affected by flood caused by heavy monsoon rains in the country, reports UNB.

Oxfam is providing immediate humanitarian assistance in the worst-affected areas in the northern region with clean water, ORS, hygiene kits, dry food and emergency toilets.

An amount of Tk 60 lakh will be used for emergency response to the affected people in Dinajpur, Nilphamari and Kurigram districts, Oxfam said on Wednesday. Oxfam is also responding along with local and national partners and using pre-existing stocks available in-country, it said.

The local humanitarian actors in coordination with the partners of the Oxfam in Bangladesh's project ‘Empowering Local and National Humanitarian Actor (ELNHA)’ are regularly coordinating with the government and the district administration in search and rescue operations, filling up Damage-Form, identifying the displaced people and other facilities available in the emergency shelter areas. Besides, Oxfam is mobilising a water treatment plant in Gaibandha through its partner.

An assessment team is working with local partners in Gaibandha, Dinajpur, Nilphamari and Kurigram districts and based on their report, Oxfam will design and develop its detailed response and recovery plan. “The floods have affected most of the northern districts and a large number of people have already been displaced. Women and adolescent girls are most vulnerable due to lack of privacy. Almost all the latrines and water sources at the household level are already flooded and communities lack experience regarding floods in this region which poses potential threat for an epidemic in the near future”, said M B Akhter, Interim Country Director of Oxfam in Bangladesh.

The Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) and National Disaster Response Coordination Centre (NDRCC) records suggest that water levels in three out of four river basins were rising simultaneously.

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Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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