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26 Apr 2017 description
report UN Population Fund

Dhaka - Cyclone Roanu swept through Bangladesh in May 2016, causing floods and landslides, submerging hundreds of homes and affecting up to 3.7 million people across the country.

In the immediate aftermath, 22-year-old midwife Tania Akter was swiftly dispatched to a health facility on the hard-hit island of Uttordhurong Union, in the south-eastern district of Cox’s Bazar.

On arrival, it was clear she had her work cut out for her.

11 Apr 2017 description

Government of Philippines donated USD 100,000 to the Government of Sri Lanka to rebuild the infrastructure affected by cyclone “Roanu”, which caused heavy damages in May 2016.

The donation was handed over by Enrique Manalo, Acting Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Philippines (Minister) on 5th April 2017 to Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the Philippines, Mrs. Aruni Ranaraja at a special ceremony held at the Department of Foreign Affairs of Philippines in Manila.

08 Feb 2017 description
report UN Population Fund

At times of upheaval, pregnancy-related deaths and sexual violence increase. Reproductive health services—including prenatal care, skilled attendance at birth and emergency obstetric care—are often impacted and sometimes unavailable. Young people become more vulnerable to unsafe sex leading to HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, and sexual exploitation. And many wom- en lose access to family planning services, exposing them to unwanted pregnancy in perilous conditions.

30 Jan 2017 description

An initiative in collaboration with Alwaleed Philanthropies and the Government of Sri Lanka to rebuild the lives of families affected by landslides

11 Jan 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

The South Asia region is prone to flooding, landslides, droughts and earthquakes, and faces a number of protracted conflicts and related internal and cross-border population displacement. By the end of March 2017, the refugee return crisis from Pakistan and Iran to Afghanistan – brought about by the obligatory or forced repatriation of Afghan refugees from both Pakistan and Iran to their country of origin – will affect an estimated 1.5 million people, 60 per cent of whom are children under 18.

31 Dec 2016 description


Bangladesh is an impoverished country with a population of over 160 million. In its short history as an independent nation, Bangladesh has faced a major civil war, massive internal displacement, famines and frequent natural disasters. In addition, Bangladesh is hosting over 250,000 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar in its eastern region. Moreover, most refugees are undocumented, thus not given legal refugee status even though they fled Burma for their own safety.


16 Dec 2016 description

Operational Summary

  • 17-19 May 2016: Cyclone Roanu originated from a low pressure area that formed south of Sri Lanka, and gradually drifted north towards the Indian states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha and intensified into a cyclonic storm. The BDRCS mobilized volunteers to provide immediate assistance, including evacuation services.

15 Dec 2016 description


  • Emergency response to the victims of cyclone Roanu, using the Government’s social safety net ‘Divineguma’ for cash-based transfers for the first time, successfully concluded.
  • Lessons learnt workshop was conducted to pave the way forward for a joint potential agreement between the Government of Sri Lanka and WFP on implementing strengthened emergency response, using cash-based transfers through the Government’s safety net programme.

WFP Assistance

26 Nov 2016 description

Need Analysis

Cyclone Roanu
- Joint response plan of HCTT targeted 35,000 HHs to provide support in terms of emergency shelter and NFIs.

Monsoon Flood
- People displaced by floods are staying on the nearest high ground to their houses. This includes roof tops, roads, and embankments as well as in flood shelters and schools.
- Over 250,000 houses have been damaged or completely destroyed.
- 16,770 houses have been washed away due to river erosion and over 65,000 houses/ homesteads have been damaged due to erosion.

21 Nov 2016 description


  • The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and WFP signed a three-year agreement to roll out activities that improves food security, nutrition and resilience to climate-related shocks in nine disaster-prone districts of Sri Lanka.

  • WFP is monitoring the ongoing drought in Sri Lanka that has affected 216,000 families. The Meteorological Department has expressed its concern that there will be 50 percent less rainfall than expected.

WFP Assistance

06 Nov 2016 description
report CDAC Network

Tropical storm Roanu made landfall in the southern coastal region of Bangladesh on 21 May 2016. Yasmin Begum and her family live near Chittagong city in a place called Laldiarchar. They have sought refuge in the nearby cyclone shelter at least eight times over the past decade.

12 Oct 2016 description


  • WFP, together with UNICEF, is responding to significant monsoon flooding in the north-west of Bangladesh. Food Security, Nutrition and WASH assistance will be provided to 150,000 people following confirmation of funding from the United Kingdom. The joint response has been informed by a Multi-sector Rapid Needs Analysis undertaken in August. WFP will provide food assistance to 42,500 people in the four most affected districts with unconditional cash transfers for three months beginning in November.

12 Oct 2016 description
report Government of India


  • The rainfall during monsoon season (June-September) over the country as a whole was 97% of its long period average (LPA).

  • Seasonal rainfalls over Northwest India, Central India, South Peninsula and Northeast India were 95%, 106%, 92% and 89% of respective LPA.

30 Sep 2016 description


  • Jointly organized with the Bangladesh Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief, an earthquake simulation brought together key emergency response agencies, including government officials, NGOs and United Nations agencies in Sylhet on 30 August. The simulation exercise is designed to improve logistical readiness in order to reduce the impact of a future urban disaster.

30 Sep 2016 description


  • The WFP emergency operation (EMOP 200990) provided assistance to 6,651 households affected by Cyclone Roanu, while continuing to provide technical support in scaling up the Government’s social safety net scheme, Divineguma, for future use in emergencies.

  • Due to funding shortages, a distribution in the supply of Super Cereal Plus will force a suspension in the treatment of children aged 6-59 months who suffer moderate acute malnutrition

Operational Updates

20 Sep 2016 description

Facts & Figures

  • One of the most natural disasterprone countries in the world

  • One of the highest population density in the world: 1 237.51 persons/km2

  • The country hosts a large number of Rohingya refugees* coming from Myanmar Total EU* humanitarian aid to Bangladesh since 2007: €146 million including €11 million for 2016, out of which €2.7 million are for Disaster Risk Reduction, Disaster Preparedness and Resilience

Key messages

16 Sep 2016 description

This update is based on internal displacement figures made available to IDMC across 16 countries from January-August 2016. These figures will be updated and expanded upon regularly and can be accessed via IDMC’s Global Internal Displacement Database (GIDD) which can be viewed at http://www.internal-displacement.org/database.

06 Sep 2016 description
report World Bank

COLOMBO, September 5, 2016—Sri Lanka and the World Bank today signed a US$42 million credit to protect people and infrastructure from climate-related risks and support the government in responding effectively to disasters.

This financing comes as additional financing for the ongoing Climate Resilience Improvement Project (CRIP) approved in April 2014, to scale up the repair and disaster proofing of irrigation and flood control infrastructure and road infrastructure which are damaged by recent extreme weather events