SMC’s emergency response to the flood-affected families in Sylhet region

The entire Sylhet division and some parts of the northeast region of the country were affected by a devastating flood during June that caused immense suffering to the people. Hundreds and thousands of people were trapped into flood water coupled with huge damage to households' belongings, food, crops, cattle and so forth. All 23 upazilas in four districts under the Sylhet division and three upazilas in the Brahmanbaria district were badly affected by this devastating flood. As part of the emergency response, SMC initially distributed foodstuff (rice, potato, flour, pulse, edible oil and salt) among 379 flood-affected rural women entrepreneurs named as ‘Gold Star Members (GSM)' with SMC's own resources. During the 2nd wave of the devastating flood, SMC further distributed foodstuff to the 854 flood-affected GSMs using the SMC fund.

In order to address the outbreak of diarrheal diseases and personal hygiene issues, SMC also distributed health and hygiene kits to 35,000 families. Each family received three blisters of water purifying tablets, one blister of deworming tablets, 20 sachets of ORSaline-N and one pack of 8's sanitary napkins-Joya using the USAID-MISHD fund. The relief items were distributed through the MISHD implementing partner Shimantik in collaboration with the USAID-MaMoni project. Alongside, SMC also provided cash support amounting to Tk. 4,270,000 to the 854 GSMs (Tk. 5,000 to each) to continue and sustain their business as entrepreneurs. The GSMs expressed their gratitude to USAID and SMC for standing beside them during this crisis moment.