BACKGROUND TO THE CRISIS
Since 13 August, continuous rains in Bangladesh have caused severe flooding in northern districts. More than 800,000 people are thought to be affected, of whom approximately 500,000 have been displaced from their homes. Thousands of hectares of crops have been inundated and farmers have lost their seed stocks for the next planting season. Displaced people are predominantly living in poor conditions in makeshift shelters on embankments and roads. Living conditions are likely to worsen if the rains continue. The most urgent needs include clean water, sanitation facilities, food, cooking materials, emergency shelter, and access to healthcare and medicines.
Read ACAPS’ full analysis of the needs situation, provided in parallel to our analysis.
GHA AND THE START NETWORK
The GHA Programme is partnering with the START network to help to inform its funding allocation decisions. The START network is a consortium of British-based humanitarian international NGOs, which has recently launched its own fund to help fill funding gaps and enable rapid response to under-reported crises where need is great.
When the START members issue a funding alert, we produce (within 12 hours) a rapid overview of the humanitarian funding picture – recent funding, an overview of appeals and funds, and analysis of donor trends. The analysis is targeted not only at the START network but to a wider set of stakeholders engaged in these crises – including donors, humanitarian organisations, analysts, advocates and citizens.