A cold wave struck the northern districts of the sub-Himalayan regions of Bangladesh, claiming more than 72 lives since mid-December 2012. The number of pneumonia and diarrhoeal patients, mostly older population and children, continues to increase. The cold wave has also caused crop and other natural resource losses, which will have a longer term negative impact on the economic situation of the country. The communities in the north were already affected by seasonal flood three times in 2012 and are now left with limited financial resources to purchase any materials to deal with the cold. (IFRC, 4 Jan 2013)
According to the representative of the Dinajpur district meteorological office, the minimum temperature of Dinajpur in 2013 fell to 3.2 degree Celsius (on 9 January 2013) which is the lowest in the last four decades. (IFRC, 9 Jul 2013)
Chapter 1: Introduction
Summary: CHF 296,679 was allocated from IFRC DREF to support the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) to provide immediate assistance of 30,000 blankets distribution to 15,000 affected families across 21 districts. The DREF also supported an additional 9,000 blankets as preparedness stock.
This operation was initially planned for three-month implementation; however BDRCS managed to carry out all planned activities much earlier.
For providing support to Cold Wave sufferers across the country, a total of 10,500 pieces of blankets and BDT 6,00,000 had been collected through an appeal to different bank, organizations, industries, and well-off individuals. Moreover, a mutual relationship has been developed within Fund Raising Department of BDRCS and contracted institutions through this humanitarian initiative. However, the challenge was lack of smooth response from the counterpart.
Clashes and violence escalated during the past week in Bangladesh, following the sentencing to death of a senior Islamist leader, marking the bloodiest bout of violence since the country’s independence four decades ago.
Continuous rains have caused floods in Agusan del Sur in the Province of Pampanga in the Philippines. Some 49,073 persons were affected as of 27 February.
Tropical Depression “Crising” made landfall on the southern tip of Davao del Sur, Philippines, on 19 February moving northwest towards southern Palawan and affecting 262,880 people.
The south-west coast of Madagascar was hit by Tropical Cyclone “Haruna” on 22 February as a Category 2 Tropical Cyclone with wind speeds of 154 km/h to 177 km/h and heavy rains. According to OCHA, as of 23 February 7,330 people were displaced and 10 people were killed. Initial assessments indicate severe damage to houses and infrastructure.
CHF 296,678 has been allocated from the IFRC’s DREF on 3 January 2012 to replenish 30,000 blankets of which the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) delivered for immediate assistance to 75,000 cold-affected beneficiaries (15,000 families) in 21 districts in Bangladesh. The DREF also funded for an additional 9,000 blankets for preparedness supplies. Un-earmarked funds to replenish the DREF are encouraged.
In Syria, insurgents heightened their offensive to capture airports and air bases in Aleppo, leading to intense fighting across the province. In eastern Syria, rebels captured the town al-Shaddadeh after three days of fighting that left 130 people dead and forced some 40,000 people to flee the town. The number of Syrian refugees continued to rise, amounting to a total of 830,675, an increase of around 38,500 newly registered refugees or individuals awaiting registration in a week.
Philippines - TC Bopha (Pablo) struck the southern Philippines in early December. The risk of floods and landslides due to heavy rains persists in typhoon-affected areas hampering humanitarian activities. The revised Action Plan was launched in Manila on 25 January asking for US$76 million. A low pressure area continues to affect areas in Mindanao causing flash floods and a landslide affecting nearly 40,000 people.
People across the country are enduring the severest cold wave in the last 45 years and may experience two more chilly spells in the current month. The mercury hit 45 year low on 10th Jan 2013, with the minimum temperature recorded at 3 degrees Celsius in Saidpur.
January 22, 2013
OTTAWA ―Canada is providing 39,000 blankets to 15,000 families suffering from unprecedented cold weather in Bangladesh through immediate assistance from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), announced the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of International Cooperation. Canada is providing this support through the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
January 21, 2013
This year Bangladesh has experienced its coldest winter in the last forty-five years, with temperatures dropping to two degree Celsius in some areas in the North. The cold wave began sweeping across the country around the middle of December and based on the three-month forecast (December 2012 to February 2013) from the Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD), moderate to severe cold waves will continue through January.
Those who suffer most are the extreme poor, many of whom have no proper shelter and therefore no defense against the cold.
Forecast Valid for 24 Hours Commencing at 06 PM on Friday [18.01.2013]
Forecast: Light rain/drizzle at one or two places over Rangpur division and weather may remain mainly dry with tempo, partly cloudy sky elsewhere over the country. Moderate fog may occur over the river basins and light to moderate fog may occur elsewhere over the country during mid night till morning.
Temperature: Night temperature may rise slightly and day temperature may remain nearly unchanged over the country.
DHAKA, JANUARY 15 - The U.S. Government through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has provided $100,000 to assist Bangladeshis affected by the recent cold wave. The USAID-funded Strengthening Household Ability to Respond to Development Opportunities (SHOUHARDO II) implemented by CARE Bangladesh will purchase and distribute 20,000 blankets (two blankets per 10,000 households) in five districts: Dinajpur, Sirajgonj, Pabna, Jamalpur, and Mymensingh.
Forecast Valid for 24 Hours Commencing at 06 PM on Wednesday [16.01.2013]
Forecast: Weather is likely to remain dry with tempo. partly cloudy sky over the country. Moderate to thick fog may occur over the river basins and light to moderate fog may occur elsewhere over the country during mid night till morning.
Cold wave: Mild cold wave is sweeping over Rangpur division and the regions of Pabna, Kushtia, Rangamati & Srimangal and it may abate.
Forecast: Valid for 24 Hours Commencing at 06 PM on Monday [14.01.2013] Forecast: Weather is likely to remain dry with tempo. partly cloudy sky over the country. Thick fog may occur over the river basins and moderate to thick fog may occur elsewhere over the country during mid night till morning.
- Philippines - TC Bopha (Pablo) struck the southern Philippines in early December. Concerns for acute respiratory infections in Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental provinces have declined since mid-December. The risk of floods and landslides due to heavy rains persists in typhoon-affected areas hampering humanitarian activities. The revised Action Plan will be launched in Manila on 25 January. More recently a low pressure area affected areas in Mindanao causing flash floods and a landslide affecting nearly 5,000 people.
Forecast Valid for 24 Hours Commencing at 06 PM on Sunday [13.01.2013] Forecast: Weather is likely to remain dry with tempo. partly cloudy sky over the country. Thick fog may occur over the river basins and moderate to thick fog may occur elsewhere over the country during mid night till morning.
Forecast: Weather is likely to remain dry with tempo, partly cloudy sky over the country. Thick fog may occur over the river basins and moderate to thick fog may occur elsewhere over the country during mid night till noon.
Cold wave: Severe cold wave is sweeping over Rajshahi and Rangpur divisions and the regions of Jessore, Kushtia, Srimangal, Sitakunda & Mymensingh and moderate to mild cold wave is sweeping elsewhere over the country and it may continue..