BRAC will assist 50,000 severely flood-affected families with Tk 100 million with each family receiving BDT 2,000 as cash assistance.
The assistance will be given to families in 15 worst-flood hit upazilas in seven districts namely, Kurigram, Lalmonirhat, Gaibandha, Bogra, Serajgonj, Jamalpur and Sunamganj. The money will be sent through mobile financial service operator bKash, according to a press release.
Asif Saleh, executive director of BRAC, said, "BRAC has always stood by the people hit by natural calamities. Our staff gave relentless services in the areas hit by Aila, Mahasen, Amphan and other cyclones in the past. We are committed to stand by people seriously affected by this year's flood and give cash assistance which will help them meet their urgent necessities."
Having given a general call for assistance for the flood-hit people, the executive director further said, "We are also calling on individuals and institutions to extend their generosity towards these families in distress. BRAC has taken up an initiative to collect funds so that more families can be reached with assistance.”
Around 4.7 million people in 31 districts were affected by flood this year with Jamalpur having most of its region inundated.
So far, 41 people have died, mostly by drowning. Nearly one million households are waterlogged. Around 90 thousand people with around 76 thousand cattle are staying at emergency flood shelters.
BRAC continues its response with different initiatives since the beginning of the flood this monsoon. Early warning messages were sent through four community radio stations, social media platforms and its field staff in the remote and worst hit regions, by incorporating COVID-19 measures.
Dry food and oral saline packets were distributed to the waterlogged families in Islampur and Dewanganj upazilas of Jamalpur.
BRAC also installed sanitary latrines adjacent to the flood shelters at Porsha upazila in Naogaon district. Assistance was also reached to the worst suffering families in Kurigram from a fund contributed by Greta Thunberg Foundation.