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TIB: Irregularities found in flood preparations, relief distribution

  • Published at 05:31 pm September 29th, 2019
TIB Executive Director Dr Iftekharuzzaman
File photo: TIB Executive Director Dr Iftekharuzzaman addresses a press conference organized by TIB at its conference room in Dhaka’s Midas Centre on Sunday, September 29, 2019 Rajib Dhar

Less than allocated relief was distributed, TIB Executive Director said

Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) has said it found numerous irregularities in flood preparations and transparency in relief distribution this year. 

The research findings were unveiled at a press conference organized by TIB at its conference room in Dhaka’s Midas Centre on Sunday.

TIB Executive Director Dr Iftekharuzzaman said: “We found irregularities and corruption. Less than allocated relief was distributed. Public representatives have not done their duties properly.”

The research findings showed that at the household level, 73% got less than allocated relief, 32% said relief was distributed under nepotism, 26% said relief was distributed without considering household members, 23% said names has been deducted from the relief list, 17% said it was possible to get relief even if the name was not listed, 17% said there was misappropriation of relief, 9% said there was inequality, and 7% reported irregular monetary help. 

According to the study, TIB found lack of transparency and accountability as the relief list was made without field visit. Over 25.92% said there was no system for complain, 92.24% said they did not know about the amount of relief, 33.95% said there were irregularities in relief distribution, 71.3% said there was insufficient relief distribution after flood, and 48.32% said they did not get any relief after being flood affected. 

At the same time, the study found negligence of government and public representatives in relief distribution – 35.12% said they did not get any treatment, 48.5% said insufficient steps were taken to protect river embankment, 18.78% complained about the weak law and order situation, while 76% felt public representatives did not do their jobs properly.  

The distribution of relief in the flood affected area has been listed on political considerations and  nepotism. If anyone protests, the person also excluded from the list.

Chairmen of the flood prone areas claimed that due to lack of transport for distributing relief, they had to sell the relief products at the local market. 

Loss of 0.30% GDP

Comparing the amount of damage, in 2009-2015 because of flood, Bangladesh has suffered an average loss of over Tk3,070 per year, which is 0.30% of the national GDP. 

Twenty-eight districts were affected by this year's flood, with 108 people being killed and 4 million people suffering from water logging.

The research also suspects not enough crops may be produced in the next two to three years due to the sand in the croplands.