WFP / BANGLADESH FLOODS

23-Jul-2019 00:02:05
The World Food Programme (WFP) together with the Government of Bangladesh is assisting more than 275,000 people affected by flooding in the north-west of the country, activating for the first time an innovative forecast-based financing project. WFP
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STORY: WFP / BANGLADESH FLOODS
TRT: 2:05
SOURCE: WFP
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH /BANGLA /NATS

DATELINE: 17-18 JULY 2019, KURIGRAM, BANGLADESH
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18 JULY 2019, KURIGRAM, BANGLADESH

1. Drone shots, flooded houses

17 JULY 2019, KURIGRAM, BANGLADESH

2. Tilt down, interior of a flooded house
3. Wide shot, people walking in flooded water
4. Med shot, man washing himself with flood water
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Nigar Dil Nahar, WFP Bangladesh:
“Mostly, 80 to 90 percent of houses are already inundated by the floods. And crops are damaged and agricultural lands are already submerged. People have already shifted their houses to the highlands for shelters. “
6. Med shot, women and children in a boat
7. Wide shot, woman receiving money from WFP staff via bKash
8. Close up, old woman holding cash
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Nigar Dil Nahar, WFP Bangladesh:
“WFP in this area is piloting a project called Forecast Based Financing. Forecast Based Financing is a project which allows us (WFP) to use the flood and weather forecasts to trigger the cash transfers to the affected people.”
10. Med shot, people on boats
11. Wide shot, woman receiving money
12. SOUNDBITE (Bangla) Saleha Begum, recipient of WFP financing:
“We were given 4500 Taka and we are very happy, everyone in the village, even in our sadness, we are happy. The money has helped me a lot.”
13. Various shots, women cooking
14. Med shot, man feeding sheep
15. Med shot, man eating
16. Wide shot, people wading through a flooded street
STORYLINE
The World Food Programme (WFP) together with the Government of Bangladesh is assisting more than 275,000 people affected by flooding in the north-west of the country, activating for the first time an innovative forecast-based financing project.

To mitigate the impact of the severe flooding, the Government of Bangladesh and WFP have activated their forecast-based financing project for the first time. This innovative approach uses weather forecasts to trigger early actions, such as cash transfers, that can help reduce the impact of natural disasters in conjunction with existing disaster relief interventions.

Around 5,000 households (25,000 people) received USD 53 each through mobile money transfers in Kurigram district as part of the project. Cash was distributed to the most vulnerable, including families headed by disabled people, the elderly and single women. The assistance helped people pay for basic needs such as food and other urgently needed goods and services.

WFP is supporting more than 250,000 people in three north western districts with fortified biscuits that will sustain them for three days as an immediate response to the floods. The biscuits are often used in emergencies as they are nutritious, easy to transport and do not need cooking.

The Bangladesh Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief reports that 2.3 million people have been affected in 20 of Bangladesh’s 64 districts.

WFP is closely monitoring the floods in coordination with the Government and we stand ready to assist further, should the situation deteriorate.
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