An Assessment of Flash Flood’17 Impact in Haor areas of Bangladesh

Publish Date: 
Monday, September 25, 2017 - 14:00

Sharmin Nahar Nipa, Lecturer, and Khandaker Jafor Ahmed, Research Associate, C3ER, BRAC University participated in the seminar on “An Assessment of Flash Flood’17 Impact in Haor areas of Bangladesh” on 24 August, 2017 at the BRAC Centre Inn. The seminar was chaired by Professor Abdul Bayes, Director, RED, BRAC and he welcomed the participants from different institutions and organizations. Dr. Nepal C Dey, Research Fellow of RED presented the objectives, research methods and findings of the research. After that, the participants gave their valuable suggestions and ideas to transform the project findings and recommendations more fruitful and realistic as well.

The recent flash flood’17 in the north-east region which was triggered by heavy rainfall has breached parts of embankments and resulted in huge loss of assets and income of haor dwellers. The flood has not only damaged boro crop, which is the only seasonal rice crop that farmers of haor area grow annually but also has affected livelihoods of haor dwellers. The aim of the study was to investigate the impacts flash flood’17 in different sectors, such as agricultural production, livelihood including food security, education system, social and gender vulnerability, water, sanitation and health and economic groups. One of the study objectives was to understand the effectiveness of government as well as BRAC’s support during flood. This study has covered 62 villages of 31 unions under six districts, and a total of 1845 households. Both primary and secondary data were employed in the study. This study has identified some important emergency services for the affected people during any humanitarian crisis like flood.