Press Release

UN Resident Coordinator visits Sylhet to discuss lessons learnt in the response to the flood-affected areas

15 January 2023

On 15 January, the UN Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh, Gwyn Lewis, met with the Deputy Commissioner of Sylhet, Md. Mozibor Rahman, regional non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and UN agencies' representatives to discuss the lessons learnt from some of the key projects of the Flash Flood Humanitarian Response Plan implemented following the devastating floods that hit the region in summer of last year.

In support of the government, the United Nations and NGO partners launched the large-scale Flash Flood Humanitarian Response Plan in July 2022 to provide lifesaving support to vulnerable communities in the five worst-hit districts.

At the meeting with NGOs, Gwyn Lewis said that “the dedication of the partners and their efforts to reach the most vulnerable is incredibly impressive” and she looked forward to continue to work with them to strengthen early warning and preparedness.

Among the themes discussed at the meetings were the implementation of the risk information and early warning system, information management, food security and livelihoods, and protection of vulnerable populations.

Further information

The Flash Flood Humanitarian Response Plan aimed to mobilise efforts to tackle the consequences of the floods has been produced by the Humanitarian Coordination Task Team (HCTT) jointly headed by UN Resident Coordinator and the honorable Secretary of the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief (MoDMR), MD Kamrul Hasan.

A total of 20.45 million US dollars have been provided for essential needs of those affected by floods. 468,408 people in five heavily impacted districts of Sunamganj, Netrokona, Sylhet, Habiganj, and Moulvibazar were reached.

An estimated 7.2 million people have been affected by flooding and water congestion in the nine northeastern districts of Sylhet, Sunamganj, Moulvibazar, Habiganj, Netrakona, Kishorganj, Brahmanbaria, Mymensing, and Sherpur. The extent of the flooding surpassed any in previous decades including the ones in 1998 and 2004.

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