Bangladesh – 167,000 Families Still Displaced by Floods Says UN

In a report of 19 August, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), said that over 220 people have died and over 167,000 families remain displaced after this year’s monsoon flooding in Bangladesh.

Quoting the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), OCHA said the ongoing floods resulted in over 220 deaths so far, which is almost twice as much compared to last year’s monsoon season.

More than 1.27 million houses have been partially or fully damaged by the floods and over 167,000 families remain displaced.

In addition, over 170,000 hectares of agricultural land have been affected. While flood waters are receding in some areas, riverbanks continue to erode and pose risks to surrounding communities.

OCHA said, “Humanitarian partners are working with Bangladesh authorities to assist the most vulnerable groups with food, shelter, clean water, hygiene supplies and other requirements. A US$40 million response plan has been launched to help more than 1 million of the people most severely in need.”

File photo, for illustration. Floods in Bangladesh 2019. Photo: UN Women Mohammad Rakibul Hasan CC BY-NC-ND 2.0