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Start Fund Bangladesh allocates over 2.6C for waterlogging victims

This year’s waterlogging is different from previous ones, due to a combination of factors mainly induced by cyclone Amphan

Update : 24 Sep 2020, 07:09 PM

Start Fund Bangladesh (SFB) has allocated Tk2,67,50,000 to help communities affected by waterlogging in Satkhira, Khulna and Jessore.

The fund was awarded to a consortium, led by the organization Uttaran, in partnership with Nabolok, Bhumjia Foundation, Ideal, Muslim Aid and Islamic Relief, said a media statement on Thursday.

SFB, supported by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), allocated the fund to make an impact at a more strategic level as a way of addressing the problems of waterlogging in the southern districts of the country.

It developed a response model to reach the waterlogged communities within seven days and complete the response in 45 days to minimise the immediate sufferings of waterlogged communities.

Waterlogging this year is different from previous ones due to a combination of factors, mainly induced by cyclone Amphan.

Although waterlogging and salinity intrusion are common in the cyclone affected areas, the compounded effects of Covid-19 left populations at a higher risk of exposure and other health issues, with potable water and sanitation under threat.

The initiatives taken by the SFB include small-scale mitigation actions to address the impending, anticipated crisis of upcoming cyclone season and region-wide advocacy involving wider civil society platforms.

The SFB is a £10 million rapid emergency response fund created by the Start Network in 2017 with support from the UK. 

It was modelled on the successful Start Fund that activates funding within 72 hours of a crisis alert, filling a crucial gap in global aid funding.

The SFB, in the last six months, awarded around Tk32 crore to its member agencies to reach communities affected by Covid-19 and other crises, like measles, dengue, cyclone Amphan, nor’westers, riverbank erosion, ongoing flooding in the north, and current waterlogging.

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