Who decide which affected population need support by humaniterian agencies ?

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Shahana Hayat
June 11, 2017 at 8:03 am

In March 2017, flash floods in Sylhet division caused devastation to standing crops, extensive damage to infrastructure and human sufferings. According to the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE), boro crops have been totally damaged on 34,369 hectares of land in Sylhet; 10,277 hectares in Moulvibazar, 57,289 hectares in Sunamganj; 11,737 hectares in Hobiganj; 14,395 hectares in Netrakona; and 13,137 hectares in Kishoreganj. On the other hand, the DAE estimated a crop loss of Tk 20.53 billion. Thus, policymakers cannot sit idle on the existing problems of Bangladesh’s flood-prone haors. Although 40 per cent of its total annual grain production comes from rain-fed agriculture, Bangladesh still relies on Boro rice for its food security

“A boro farmer at Wast Gauripur union parishad, Balaganj, Sylhet said, almighty God by this flash flood make us equal. Rich farmers and marginal poor farmer both are now in the same situation, they are now belonging in same status because of losing all the corps for flash flood. We were hoping to have a good yield this year. But the flash flood has shattered all our hopes for now and the upcoming 13 months, we have nothing”

Humanitarian trainee Farhana Ferdoush and Syed Abida Farheen who has been deployed in the Haor area in Sylhet under Talent Development Project experienced that the government had announced that some 335,000 families of the flood-ravaged Haor region would receive relief. Each family will get 30kg rice and Tk500 as emergency support under a 100-day scheme.Apart from rice and cash, some 171,715 families will get relief materials through the VGF program and OMS. Meanwhile, considering the situation, Bangladesh Bank has postponed its agriculture credit recovery from the areas and instructed banks to provide new credits for different crops at a concessional interest rate.

However the flood affected people say the amount of relief materials is providing by government inadequate compare to the extent of loss

Unfortunately, except BRAC and BDRCS(quasi government), none of the major donor & NGO/INGOS felt interested to provide their humanitarian support and relief in these affected areas. Whereas majority INGOs are involved in the cyclone Mora affected areas strike in late May2017

Now the key question asked by deployed humanitarian trainees who decide which affected population need support and which affected people does not need support from humanitarian agencies

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