22 September 2015 - Christian Aid has launched a new recovery project in South East Bangladesh to help people who lost their homes, crops and livestock in relentless June storms that triggered flash floods and landslides.
At least 23 people died, dozens were injured, and some 200,000 people left stranded as the monsoon rains were followed in July by severe weather accompanying Tropical Cyclone Komen.
In the wake of the storms, Christian Aid used funding from ECHO - the European Commission's department for overseas humanitarian aid - to respond to the emergency through local partners.
A grant of a further €500,000 from the same source has now been made available to continue supporting communities, and help with long-term recovery.
The project will identify families in the Cox’s Bazar district that are in most need, prioritising vulnerable groups – women, children, elderly and people with disabilities –who need basic rations such as food, water purification tablets and hygiene kits.
Heads of households will also receive cash grants to spend how they choose - whether on repairs to their houses or boats, or to buy fishing nets or seeds and tools to plant new crops.
Shakeb Nabi, Christian Aid country director in Bangladesh, said today: “The main concern has been to address basic needs such as clean drinking water, shelter and food, but now the priority is also to help people to become self-supporting again.
“Many of those caught up in the floods lost their means of making a living, especially those on a daily wage. The floods and storm destroyed boats and submerged the land, making it impossible for fishermen and farmers to continue earning an income. The grants we distribute will help people get back on their feet by allowing them to replace the assets they need to start earning a living again”.
Christian Aid is working in conjunction with Action Contre La Faim and DanChurchAid on the project.
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