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Bangladesh: Floods Emergency appeal preliminary final report n° MDRBD014

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This Preliminary Final Report informs a final reporting extension for two months – the Final Report will be available by 31 January 2016. The reporting extension is to accommodate the Lessons Learned Workshop (LLW) findings which is scheduled to be completed by end-December 2015. The LLW findings will be included in the Final Report. Upon clearing the expenses for LLW, the remaining unspent balance will be returned to DREF pot.

Challenges:

  • The political situation in the country caused major delays in effective starting up of the recovery activities. Hence, the identification of proper beneficiary communication channels was also being delayed.

  • For any in-country medicine procurement, IFRC is required to invite the WHO and UNICEF listed manufacturers. It has proven to be quite time consuming creating a dialogue with the respective agencies to get a list of their suppliers, resulting in the delay of ORS procurement.

  • Transporting and installing Kit-5 water treatment plants in remote areas was a challenge.

  • Finding an appropriate location for the suppliers for the construction of ring slabs for latrines.

  • Due to nor’wester in April 2015 and river water increase in June 2015 had impacted the ongoing recovery works as well as did not allow people to give time for LLW.

  • Because of the flood in July 2015 the installation of ring-slab and fixing of the superstructure were heavily affected, as it was not possible to excavate the latrine pits due to the stagnant floodwater.

  • As the recovery phase for shelter assistance did not commence in December 2014 as expected and the political situation did not allow for the cash to be distributed before March 2015, the timeframe for the activities was limited considering that construction activities need to complete before the rainy season (start from May).
    As a result, there was insufficient time to implement PASSA tools in the communities.

  • For some of the district branches, cash grant distribution during the relief phase was a challenge as the practice is a first for the staff and volunteers involved. Sensitization of the cash transfer programme (CTP) procedures and dissemination of the SOP is needed for those branches.

  • Due to the ongoing political situation in the country and the resulting movement restrictions, the customs clearance of the blankets at Chittagong port and their transportation to BDRCS national headquater took longer than expected.