Bangladesh Floods 2016: A Review of Surge Practices

Project: Transforming Surge Capacity 28th July 2017

written by Lois Austin, Sarah Grosso and Glenn O’Neil

This report presents the results of the third tracking mechanism on the surge response to the devastation caused by floods in Bangladesh in July – August 2016, and is part of the Start Network Transforming Surge Capacity project. The aim of the mechanism is to track changes to surge practices by examining instances of surge deployment by the 11 operational consortium members (“agencies”) in the course of the project. Members of the project’s research team, Lois Austin, Sarah Grosso and Glenn O’Neil, compiled this report, with the support of the consortium agencies. The report draws on information derived from desk research, interviews with three people from agencies and their local partners and an online survey of seven agencies. For each instance tracked, the mechanism envisaged a rapid review focusing on the agencies’ practices. As such, the report does not aim to cover the full scope of the surge response to the floods.


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