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21 Jan 2003 description

Earlier today, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Bangladesh signed an agreement to launch a USD 14.444 million initiative, aimed at substantially reducing the impact of natural and man-made disasters on the people of Bangladesh over the next five years.

16 Aug 2002 description

Interactive web flood map features daily updates of country weather stations with flood warnings.

Bangladesh and Dhaka inundation maps are also available, amoung other weather information.

15 Jul 2002 description


Pursuant to the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended, the United States Government (USG), as represented by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA), Office of U.S.

30 Jun 2002 description

The following represent some of the many ways Church World Service is creating a rainbow of help and hope - a beautiful Rainbow of Caring - through the Tools of Hope & Blanket Program.

08 May 2002 description

Three teams of Red Crescent workers have returned to Dhaka having successfully distributed aid to victims of this month's tropical storms. All initial distribution to 1000 families has been completed.

06 May 2002 description

Dhaka (dpa) - The worst ferry disaster in decades caused at least 300 deaths, with rescuers late Monday saying they have pulled more than 280 bodies from the submerged ship since it sank Friday.

Decomposing bodies were stacked on the river bank as navy and police divers hauled the wreck from the water near the river-port town of Chandpur, where the Meghna River flows into the Bay of Bengal.

Amir Hussain, chief of the salvage team, said more bodies were floating in the water. He said rescuers also expect to recover many bodies from cabins.

03 May 2002 description

Ref. OCHA/GVA - 2002/0092
OCHA Situation Report No. 1
Bangladesh - Tropical Storms
3 May 2002

The following information was provided by the UN Resident Coordinator's Office in Dhaka, the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief (MDMR), the IFRC, the Disaster Forum and media reports.

03 May 2002 description

Dhaka (dpa) - At least 23 people were killed across Bangladesh in heavy thunderstorms which blew away homes, ravaged rice fields and uprooted trees and electric poles, local police and fire officials said on Friday.

The Disaster Management Office sources said 15 people were struck down by lightning in Thursday night's storm which tormented eight districts northeast of the capital Dhaka.

In the worst affected Brahmanbaria district, five farm workers were killed by lightning as they were harvesting rice.

01 May 2002 description

For the last three weeks, tropical storms have battered Bangladesh killing over 20 people and injuring over 1,000. April marks the beginning of the cyclone and tropical storm season in Bangladesh - the precursor to the monsoon season which ravages Bangladesh every year from June.

01 May 2002 description

Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) Allocated: CHF 102,346
This Bulletin is being issued in support of needs described below. A DREF allocation of CHF102,346 has been made by the Federation to facilitate action and donors are strongly urged to reimburse the fund as soon as possible. The allocation will also enable the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) to increase the level of its buffer stocks of emergency family kits in advance of the imminent monsoon flood season.

The Situation

24 Apr 2002 description

This bulletin is for information purposes only. The Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) and the Federation Delegation are closely monitoring the situation. No specific requests for external support have been received from any of the National Society's branches. The international and local media included the storms in Bangladesh in their "Breaking news" sections, describing the size of the disaster and impact on the population.