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JOAC Supports Emergency Response to Tornedo in Bangladesh

Wednesday April 13

The Jersey Overseas Aid Commission has approved a grant of £30,000.00 to Habitat for Humanity to help families affected by a powerful tornado in Eastern Bangladesh.

Project: Emergency Shelter Repair Kit and Technical Assistance Relief for families affected by the Tornedo in Eastern Bangladesh.

HFH Bangladesh will assist approximately 1,000 people (200 families) with Emergency Shelter Repair kits following the devastating twister that smashed through some 15 villages in Brahmanbaria Sadar, Akhaura and Bijoynagor upazillas of Brahmanbaria district, east of the capital, Dhaka, on 22nd March damaging or destroying several hundred homes. HFH Bangladesh will target affected families from the Brahmanbaria Sadar Upazila where they currently have government authorisation to conduct project activities.
A powerful tornado ripped through 15 rural villages in eastern Bangladesh late Friday, killing at least 31 people and injuring more than 500, and leaving thousands homeless. The tornado wreaked havoc in Brahmanbaria district over a 15-minute period, uprooting thousands of trees and damaging several hundred houses in the area, and snapping road and rail communication with affected villages.
HFH Bangladesh has conducted a rapid assessment in the affected areas of Brahmanbaria district. Their assessment has revealed severe destruction to infrastructure, power, water supplies, buildings, and to houses. Several hundred homes have been damaged, yet the numbers continue to rise since some areas are remote and actual damage reports are still filtering through.
During the assessment visit, the need for immediate shelter assistance was expressed by the affected communities. Then following consultation with Government of Bangladesh, local stakeholders and community members, HFH Bangladesh agreed the components of the Emergency Shelter Repair kits and the provision of technical assistance and construction tools.
The need is for people to get back into their homes as soon as possible to begin a recovery process so that children can go back to school and adults can resume their livelihoods. The project will roll out full Emergency Shelter Repair/ Reconstruction Kits (ESKs) in Brahmanbaria district. HFH Bangladesh views this response as having the greatest single impact on the families affected; enabling them to exit the relief centres more quickly and resume their regular routine in a shorter timeframe.
The primary goal of this response is to reduce the vulnerability of families most affected by the tornedo by enabling them to make their damaged homes safe and secure. This will be achieved through the distribution of 200 Emergency Shelter Kits (ESKs) and the provision of construction technical assistance.
ESKs are a flexible method of assisting disaster-affected families, as each household can use the construction materials provided to make rapid repairs to their own home and technical assistance (i.e. skilled labour) ensures the materials are used in the most effective way to build resiliency to future disasters. This solution provides immediate relief, and the beneficiaries are able to reuse the ESK materials for permanent repairs/ reconstruction over the next year. 

HFH Bangladesh will identify and prioritise the poorest and most vulnerable households (particularly women, children, and the elderly) to receive ESKs and Technical Assistance from the register of disaster victims produced by the Disaster Coordinating Committee of the NGO Bureau and the Local administration.

HFH Bangladesh will assess the need and capacity of each family and offer them appropriate technical assistance to repair their house. This will include construction supervision, skilled/unskilled labour, tools & construction materials. Local community residents will be prioritised for employment as unskilled labourers providing livelihood activity as well as disaster resilience capacity building.

HFH Bangladesh will manage the distribution of the ESKs working in partnership with affected communities, local community groups, partners and volunteers with support from the Local Government Unit.
The project will be implemented and monitored by HFH Bangladesh in the affected area and will include an evaluation looking at the impact of the emergency shelter kits on the beneficiaries.
JOAC grant requested - £ 30,000.
HFH Bangladesh contribution - £1,148


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