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Learning from the 2020 Floods in Faridpur District, Bangladesh to build resilience

Cyclone Amphan hit Bangladesh in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic and was followed by a relentless flooding and cyclone season in 2020. The intense rainfall from the cyclone filled rivers to overflowing, breaking embankments, sending floodwaters into nearby communities, and waterlogging 0.2 million hectares of agricultural fields and fish farms (Reliefweb, 2021). As a result, when the monsoon season hit, rivers and land across Bangladesh were heavily saturated, limiting how quickly the rain from the monsoon could be absorbed. This report has been developed by members of the Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance – Practical Action and ISET International. The study focuses on why the 2020 floods resulted in a disaster in Bangladesh. It draws on three weeks of field work, 21 interviews and two focus groups with stakeholders from government, UN agencies, donors, NGOs and humanitarian response agencies, academics, and community members, and the review of over 30 secondary sources to highlight key opportunities for building resilience.
Author:

Begum, A.; Dutta, S.; Norton, R.; Venkateswaran, K.

Language: English
Pubished By: ISET-International
Pubished date: 2021

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