Humanitarian Assistance to the Amphan Affected People Living in Southern Parts of Bangladesh
20 May 2020, Cyclone Amphan made landfall in Bangldeash and for this effect 26 people were lost their lives and that 7 people were injured. According to reports of Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief (MoDMR), 330,667 houses were damaged including 55,667 totally destroyed in nine (9) most impacted districts: Khulna, Satkhira, Barguna, Bhola, Patuakhali, Pirojpur, Noakhali, Bagerhat and Jessore. The cyclone led to the internal displacement of 100,000 people.
After the Cyclone Amphan landfall in Bangladesh, the humanitarian organizations conducted Joint Need Assessment to assess the damage, people need and priority areas that needed for survival and recovery of the affected people. Considering the Joint Need Assessment report findings Educo Bangladesh distributed food, cash grants, hygienic packs, education materials, repaired tube-well and water tank to the mostly affected people in Khulna and Shatkhira districts.
1,365 people received food support from the project. The food support included 20 KG rice, 4 KG lentils, 4 KG potato, 4 Litre oil, 2 KG salt and 4 KG sugar. Project also supported 2500 families though mobile money transfer. Selected each beneficiary received BDT 2440.00 through mobile money transfer for buying emergency food and other necessary supplies for their children and family members.
Additionally, each 1,365 people received hygiene package and safety materials. This included 1 bucket with tap and lid (16L), 5 soap (125g), 5 packets of 200-gram detergent powder, 20 surgical masks and COVID awareness leaflet. During distribution, for ensuring safety from COVID 19, the project ensured social distancing at the spot and wearing of mask. There were also opportunities to wash hand at spot.
Considering the COVID-19 pandemic and water logging situation of Koyra partner organization also supplied hygiene pack and safety materials to the selected 1,365 HHs. Each HHs got 20 pcs. of masks, 01 kg Detergent, 02 packets of a sanitary napkin, 06 pcs soaps, and 01 pc 18-liter bucket.
Educational materials were also provided to the 2,550 children of 1,275 families. They received 6 exercise books, 2 packet colour pencils, 4 pencils, 4 erasers and 2 pencil cutters each. It was provided to their parents. JJS also distributed educational materials among 2,550 students of the project targeted HHs. Each student got 03 notebooks, 02 pencils, 01 eraser, 01 sharpeners, and 01 color pencil box. Before the distribution, JJS informed the Upazilla Education Office.
Project also repaired/construct 4 tube wells and plinth of the tube wells for the cyclone affected people.
Partner provided with 65 Liter water tank among 232 families for storing water. These 232 families were selected among initially selected 1275 HHs considering having more vulnerable criteria e.g disability, old aged and source of drinking water is 30 minutes away (SDG indicators). JJS also provided with 100-liter water storage tanks among the 200 HHs selected from 1275 targeted HHs considering their water crisis.