Faster than floods: WFP works to avoid a double-disaster in Bangladesh

WFP and the UN’s Central Emergency Relief Fund are using forecasts to help people prepare for the next climate shock

Abdus salvages food for his livestock during flooding in Northern Bangladesh. Photo: WFP/Sayed Asif Mahmud
Abdus stands outside his submerged home. The family sleeps on a boat as they wait for the water to subside. Photo: WFP/Sayed Asif Mahmud
Millions in Bangladesh have been impacted by the flooding as the country faces a growing number of COVID-19 cases. Photo: WFP/Sayed Asif Mahmud
Cash grants before the floods hit allow families to prepare early and recover early. Photo: WFP/Sayed Asif Mahmud
Rowshan Ara’s children stand inside their now flooded home. This is the second time this year the family has been impacted by floodwaters. Photo: WFP/Sayed Asif Mahmud

Women and girls

The cash grant means Rowshan Ara is able to keep her family safe and fed as they wait out the floodwaters. Photo: WFP/Sayed Asif Mahmud
Flooding is a yearly occurrence in Bangladesh, making anticipatory action more important than ever to help people prepare. Photo: WFP/Sayed Asif Mahmud

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Gemma Snowdon

Communications Officer with the World Food Programme based in Cox’s Bazar. Ph: +880 17 1301 2875 | gemma.snowdon@wfp.org