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On 27th July 2021, heavy rains in the region around Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh led to flash floods and landslides in the Rohingya refugee camps and the surrounding villages of the host communities. Just a few months earlier, large parts of the camps were hit by the outbreak of a devastating fire. In cooperation with our partner organizations on the ground, we supported the most affected families by providing relief goods and distributing cash.

Women are receiving cash-support (Photo: AWO International/ GUK)

The floods destroyed more than 6,000 shelters, food distribution points and health centres, as well as thousands of sanitation facilities. More than 64,000 refugees were affected. 24,000 people were left homeless and lost most of their belongings. Moreover, the contamination of water supplies increased the risk of spreading diseases.

Our local partner organization "Gana Unnayan Kendra", GUK in short, has been working in the Rohingya refugee camps for several years. In cooperation with "Solidar Suisse", one of our international partner organizations, the most affected families were identified through an assessment.


The emergency relief project was initiated shortly after: A total of 2,980 people received cash assistance as well as essential goods. Households that had lost family members and shelter due to the floods, as well as extremely poor families, single women and disabled, sick or elderly people, were prioritized for the distribution.

"Slowly we can look ahead again"

The cash assistance enabled 300 families to buy everyday items again and to cover other essential expenses, primarily for buying food and medicine, but also for paying medical bills and repaying loans. Every famaily received 3600 Bangladeshi Taka (39 Euro) cash support. "The money helps me repair the damage of my house," reported one young woman. "Slowly we can look ahead again". Another 200 severely affected households were provided with essential items that got damaged or lost during the floods, such as clothing, sandals, cooking utensils, mosquito nets and menstrual items for adolescent girls and women. With these approaches, the project was able to respond promptly and appropriately to the immediate needs of the affected families.


Project Emergency Cash & NFI support to flood affected victims in camps of Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh
Place/Region Hnilla Union and Teknaf, Cox´s Bazar
Partner Gana Unnayan Kendra (GUK) / Solidar Suisse
Target group 2.980 people from 500 households
  • Distribution of essential goods (clothes, sandals, mosquito nets, cooking pots and spoons, buckets and sanitary napkins) to 200 households
  • Unconditional cash payments to 300 households through the money transfer system "bKash"
Duration August 2021 to October 2021
Budget 24.189 Euro (20.000 EUR from ADH/AWO International)
Sponsor Aktion Deutschland Hilft

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