- UNICEF: Bangladesh Humanitarian Situation Report No. 2, 20 June 2017
- IOM: Needs and Population Monitoring - Undocumented Myanmar Nationals in Teknaf and Ukhia, Cox’s Bazar, April 2017 Round 2
- Start Network: Bangladesh Floods 2016 - Review of Surge Practices, April 2017
Appeals & Funding
- IFRC: Cyclone Mora - Emergency appeal n° MDRBD019, 13 Jun 2017
- IFRC: Population movement - Emergency appeal n° MDRBD018, 18 Mar 2017
- Humanitarian Action for Children 2017: South Asia
“Nobody could sleep. Everyone was talking about the danger signal no. 10 cyclone about to hit. The area still hasn’t recovered from Cyclone Roanu. Would Mora destroy what’s left?”
Nira Khatun, UNFPA-deployed midwife in Moheshkhali, Cox’s Bazar recounts her experience of last week’s Cyclone Mora.
“People were afraid. We wondered what we would have to do to survive. We were thinking about how to deliver babies and about our lives.”
Despite fear, Nira did not abandon her post.
Thousands of families left homeless when Cyclone Mora hit the coast of Bangladesh last week are to be helped in the first crisis response by a new country emergency fund.
Start Fund Bangladesh, designed to enable aid agencies to respond early and fast to humanitarian emergency, has approved £395,000 (BDT 40,880,000) of funding to four agencies and their partners working in the region.
Cyclone Mora destroyed a total of 4,702 houses and caused damage to 13,595 homes in Arakan State, Chin State and Irrawaddy Division, according to a statement yesterday from Burma’s Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement.
Official figures also say that 325 schools, 32 office buildings and 57 religious buildings were completely destroyed, while 429 non-residential buildings were partly damaged. A total of 23 hospitals and clinics, 23 governmental buildings, three bridges, 38 utility poles and 22 motorboats were also damaged by the cyclone, the ministry said.
Damage Assessment in Khurushkul Union, Cox's Bazar District, Bangladesh
Myanmar announced plans yesterday to strengthen its disaster response systems in the wake of Cyclone Mora, which killed scores of people in neighbouring Bangladesh and left thousands homeless in both nations.
No deaths were reported in Myanmar, although many homes, schools and government buildings were damaged by the cyclone with winds up to 135 kph (85 mph).
This map illustrates satellite-detected surface water extent around Maheshkhali, Chakaria and Cox’S Bazar Sadar Upazilas in the District of Cox's Bazar, Chittagong Division in the south eastern part of Bangladesh as detected by a TerraS AR -X image acquired on the 1st June 2017. A total of ~20,000 ha of lands seem to be affected with flood waters.
This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
Cyclone Mora swept across the Bay of Bengal earlier this week, damaging thousands of homes in Bangladesh and Myanmar. Shelter is urgently needed for those affected. Many refugees and internally displaced people are among the local victims.
Tropical Cyclone (TC) Mora made landfall along the southeast coast of Bangladesh on Tuesday 30 May 2017. TC Mora made its landfall as Category 1 cyclone with sustained winds of up to 120 kph with gustiness reaching up to 148 kph. The cyclone brought heavy rains which impacted several states and regions in Myanmar including Rakhine, Chin, Magway, Sagaing and Ayeyarwady. TC Mora has dissipated in the area of Bangladesh, yesterday, Thursday 1 June 2017. Based on the ASEAN Disaster Monitoring & Response System (DMRS) moderate rain still happened only in some parts of the affected areas.
UN Migration Agency Seeks Funding for Displacement Settlements in Bangladesh Hit by Cyclone Mora
Bangladesh - IOM, the UN Migration Agency, has launched an appeal for USD 3.7 million to help Rohingya migrants living in settlements in Bangladesh affected by Cyclone Mora. The storm hit the country’s coastline around Cox’s Bazar early on Tuesday.
The cyclone, which brought 117 km/h winds and heavy rain, tore into the makeshift settlements and host communities. The settlements house over 130,000 UMNs.
Across South Asia, less than five percent of the 8 million severely wasted children are receiving appropriate care and treatment.
UNICEF ramps up aid delivery for children and families affected by severe weather in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Myanmar
NEW YORK/BANGKOK/KATHMANDU, 1 June 2017 – At least 1.3 million children are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance across the Bay of Bengal region following severe weather over the past six days, UNICEF has warned. Devastation wrought by Cyclone Mora in Myanmar and Bangladesh, and torrential monsoon rains across Sri Lanka have left children homeless and in need of protection, nutrition and health services.
Tropical Cyclone Mora made landfall early this morning along Bangladesh’s South West coastline between Cox’s Bazaar and the city of Chittagong. The storm was packing winds of between 89 -117 kilometers per hour and throughout the day, high winds and heavy rains have battered several districts in the region. The Bangladesh meteorological office has warned that coastal areas could face flooding as a result of 4-5 metre storm surges along the sea front.
Indian Navy rescued 27 people in a major operation in Bangladesh which has been hit hard by Cyclone Mora, causing widespread destruction and rendering millions of people homeless.
People, including children and elderly, were rescued after they were found adrift at sea over 100 miles away from Bangladeshi city of Chittagong.
The Eastern Naval Command is deploying P-81 aircraft as part of its rescue operation in Bangladesh.
More than 60 have been rescued since Cyclone Mora hit southeast Bangladesh
DHAKA, June 1 (Reuters) - Bangladesh's navy was searching for 81 fishermen still missing on Thursday after more than 63 were rescued from the Bay of Bengal following a devastating cyclone which killed several people and left thousands homeless.
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Cyclone Mora made landfall near Kutubdia upazila, Cox’s Bazar district, southeast Bangladesh on 30 May, with winds of 114 km/h at St Martin’s Island, 85 km/h at Cox’s Bazar, and 135 km/h in Teknaf. As of 31 May, the Bangladesh Meteorological Department has lowered the danger signal related to the cyclone from 10 to 3, as the storm weakened. Initial assessments estimate that over 280,000 people have been affected. The impact across districts is unclear, as information is only available for Cox’s Bazar and Chittagong.
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Overview of Cyclonic Storm Mora, June 01, 2017
Depression on the 28th May 2017 over southeast and adjoining central region of the Bay of Bengal strengthen into severe Cyclonic Storm Mora. It moved northwards and crossed Cox’s Bazar –Chittagong coast near Kutubdia during 06 am to 12 pm on 30 may, 2017. Then it became weaken gradually and remained over Rangamati region and adjoining area as a land deep depression. At the time of landfall, it has a sustained wind speed of 117 kmph rising to 146 kmph in gust.
One person has been reported dead and about 1,000 buildings have been destroyed by Cyclone Mora which hit Myanmar’s west coast on Tuesday, said an official from the country’s social welfare ministry.
The weather event, which made landfall at 8 a.m. local time on Tuesday, unleashed torrential winds and rains on Rakhine and Chin states and the Ayeyarwaddy region.
It also battered refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar in neighboring Bangladesh that house Muslim Rohingya from western Myanmar who fled a violent crackdown there last October.
Tropical cyclone MORA continued moving north-east over land, crossing Chittagong division (Bangladesh), Tripura and Assam states (India), weakening and dissipating over 30-31 May.
Over the next 24 h, the remnants of MORA may continue to bring heavy rain to the north-eastern Indian states.