The rise of water level in Padma river during the first two weeks of last September caused major damage to the riverbank which led to collapse of embankments. In Naria and Zajira upazilas, an estimated 8,710 families or approximately 43,550 people have been displaced, all their houses were washed away.
Zarina Begum, 80 years old, a widow living in Kedarpur, Naria, Shariatpur. She is one of the affected people who have been displaced due to the recent river bank erosion. Tough she has three sons and two daughters, but she is living alone now. Due to the recent erosion, she lost her household and all the memories she has got with that. She is now living with her relatives. However, that family is also very poor, and they are also having lack of accommodation and foods.
Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) with the support of International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and through Bangladesh Post Office is helping 3,000 most affected families in Naria and Zajira. These 3,000 families are receiving taka 4,500 as unconditional cash grant. Zarina Begum has also received this unconditional cash grant support as one of the priority persons. She expressed her gratitude to the Red Crescent volunteers and staff and mentioned that the money she received will help her to buy foods and medicines.
For last couple of months, the National Disaster Response Team (NDRT) members, staffs from the Red Crescent and IFRC are working tirelessly to help the affected families and already distributed tarpaulins and shelter tool kit. The unconditional cash support of taka 4,500 is allowing the affected people to meet their diversified needs as well as enhancing the local market economy.
By Mizanur Rahman (Bangladesh Red Crescent Society) & Sharif Khan (IFRC)