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6 August 2019 09:39 am

QRCS prepares for flood response in Bangladesh

Sumaica Asad
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Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has sent a field team to assess the damage caused by the recent flash floods across Bangladesh. Together with the Turkish Red Crescent, the relief personnel visited the affected areas in Cox's Bazar, home of many refugee camps.

Based on the initial needs assessment, a joint plan was developed by QRCS and its Turkish counterpart to distribute 2,000 food parcels in two worst-hit districts northwestern Dhaka.

A delegation from QRCS visited the aid distribution center of Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) at Camp 11. Headed by Dr. Mohamed Salah Ibrahim, Executive Director of QRCS Relief and International Division, the delegation took part in the distribution of shelter repair kits to 322 families affected by floods.

Another site visited by the delegation was the Friendship Village, a shelter camp co-established by QRCS and Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS). Then, Dr. Ibrahim visited Camp 19, where QRCS operates a health post.

He also visited BDRCS's field hospital, developed by QRCS with funding from Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD), KRCS, and the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

The field hospital's seven tents, which constitute its main clinics, were replaced with prefab metal buildings to be a safe, healthy, and clean environment for serving both Myanmar refugees and the local communities.

Established inside Camp 14 Block 18, the Friendship Village is planned to host up to 6,100 refugees. So far, 96 shelters have been completed and delivered, with more 280 under construction. In addition, 54 nonfood kits were distributed, containing cooking fuel, vegetable seeds, household containers, umbrellas, and solar lamps.

An annexed masjid will be built, while the shelter surroundings were upgraded with corridors, walls, sandbags to prevent floodwater damage, and six solar lampposts. At the same time, 15 local volunteers were trained to undertake shelter construction and maintenance.

According to an IFRC Humanitarian Appeal, issued early this month, the heavy rain and flash floods killed 114 persons, displaced more than 280,000 persons, affected 28 provinces with 7 million population, destroyed 400,000 houses, and damaged 163,000 hectares of agricultural land. The broken-down water supply and sewage systems pose the risk of endemic water-borne diseases.

Source: QNA