21 July, Rongpur, Bangladesh - Rawshon Ara Begum, 50, hails from Gobindpur of Haldia union under Shaghata upazila in Gaibandha district. A family of eight, her domesticated animals perished in the floods, while their cows and goats have been tied near the dam for their safety. Facing severe crisis to cook, she often cooks with rafts made from banana trees. On 4 July a high probability of severe flooding was forecast for mid-July along the Jamuna River in Bangladesh, with one-third of the area's total population likely to be affected. That warning was the trigger for the UN to immediately release $5.2 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to help communities urgently prepare and protect themselves. The money went to three participating agencies ? the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to enable them to prepare to distribute cash, livestock feed, storage drums, and hygiene, dignity and health kits.