Cyclone Amphan has left a trail of destruction in many districts, most extensively in the southern coastal belt of Bangladesh where poverty rate is high.
Formed as a Super Cyclone in the Bay of Bengal, the cyclonic storm and the accompanied rain and tidal surge damaged homes and crops and submerged houses, ponds and tube wells, setting off a severe food and drinking water crisis for the extreme poor people living along the coast.
A month after the cyclone, food and water crisis remain acute in some areas, particularly in Satkhira, the worst hit district.
As part of its response, the Prosperity Programme Implementation Unit has started distributing free drinking water for some of the affected people in the district, a prosperity working area.
The distribution started on 20 June 2020 and will continue for three months. A total of 34,000 liters of water will be distributed among 3,400 extreme poor households.
Under the initiative, extreme poor people of five unions will be given 10 litres of water a day from 17 distribution points, following the Covid-19 health safety protocols. The unions are Gabura and Burigoalini of Shyamnagar upazila and Anulia, Protapnagar and Sriula of Ashashuni upazila.
Prosperity partner Nowabenki Gonomukhi Foundation (NGF) will carry out the distribution activities at the cost of about BDT 18 lakh, which has already been allocated from the Prosperity fund.
The Prosperity programme, jointly funded by the UK’s Department for International Development and the European Union, supports extremely poor people to connect them with the mainstream economic growth and create income-generating opportunities for their sustainable development.
The programme aims to lift 1 million people from 2,50,000 households out of extreme poverty by March 2025.