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13 Dec 2019 description

By Denis McClean

DHAKA, 13 December, 2019 - A new record for evacuations was set in Bangladesh a month ago when the government Cyclone Preparedness Programme (CPP) evacuated 2.1 million people before Cyclone Bulbul made landfall on the Sundarbans coast.

The storm highlights why the CPP is planning to expand its geographical coverage and to grow from 55,000 volunteers to 200,000 over the next five years as it also prepares to go beyond cyclones to tackle other natural hazards including earthquakes.

09 Dec 2019 description
report Christian Aid

One month ago, on November 9 2019, Category 2 Cyclone Bulbul made landfall over India. A day later, the storm entered Bangladesh through the Buri Goalini Range of the Sundarbans, in the Shyamnagar Upazila of Satkhira District.

The cyclone stayed in Bangladesh for approximately 36 hours: it was one of the longest enduring cyclones the country has faced in more than five decades.

05 Dec 2019 description
report Government of India

In a PIB Press Release ID: 1594670, dated 3rd December 2019, Titled – ‘Centre releases Rs. 414.90 crore and Rs. 552.00 crore to the cyclone “Bulbul” affected states of West Bengal and Odisha respectively under SDRF’, the funds released were inadvertently linked to Cyclone Bulbul.

It is clarified that funds are made available to States in their SDRF in advance for meeting relief expenditure for natural disasters, including cyclone. During 2019-20, Rs.414.90 crores and Rs.552 crores already released to cyclone affected states of West Bengal and Odisha under SDRF.

SNC/SS

30 Nov 2019 description

In Numbers

911,556 Rohingya refugees in camps

1,245,000 people in need

837,910 people assisted in October through a combination of:

  • in-kind (394,955 individuals)

  • e-voucher(442,955 individuals)

Highlights

30 Nov 2019 description

Executive Summary

State Inter Agency Group West Bengal has conducted a Joint Rapid Need Assessment in the three worst hit cyclone Bulbul affected Coastal districts of Southern Bengal.

28 Nov 2019 description
report Inter Press Service

By Rafiqul Islam

BHOLA, Bangladesh, Nov 28 2019 (IPS) - It was almost a decade ago when Ruma Begum and her family left their home in Bangladesh’s coastal Tazumuddin upazila or sub-district and travelled some 50 km away to start a new life. They had been driven out of their home by an extreme and changing climate that has continued to ravage the district of Bhola.

23 Nov 2019 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Tropical Cyclone Matmo causes no major damage in Cox’s Bazar refugee camps

  • Relief agencies continue to provide emergency assistance to vulnerable populations in Rakhine despite humanitarian access constraints and insecurity

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

15 Nov 2019 description
report Government of India

Significant features

  • A active Western Disturbance and its interaction with remnant of Very Severe Cyclonic Storm “MAHA” caused largely excess rainfall over most of the sub-divisions of northwest India, in result, rainfall was 849% above Long period Average (LPA) over northwest India during last week (07 to 13 November, 2019).

14 Nov 2019 description
report Islamic Relief

Deadly Cyclone Bulbul made a landfall in Bangladesh late on Saturday night causing torrential rains, powerful winds and severe flooding. More than 150,000 people were evacuated and forced to take refuge in special shelters as the storm packed powerful winds of up to 74 kilometre per hour and forced the closure of ports and airports.

14 Nov 2019 description
report Start Network

Damages caused by the severe cyclonic storm Bulbul, which hit Bangladesh on 9 November, 2019, were mostly evident in Southern Bangladesh. The cyclone brought heavy rainfall and strong winds in the coastal areas damaging households, destroying agricultural land and fish enclosures, uprooting trees and disrupting communication.

13 Nov 2019 description
report SEEDS India

SEEDS is promptly reaching out to the 4.6 Lakh people affected by Cyclone Bulbul, which wreaked havoc on 9-10 November 2019 in West Bengal. High-speed cyclonic winds and heavy rainfall have left a trail of destruction primarily in the three worst-affected districts of South 24 Parganas,
North 24 Parganas and East Medinipur in the deltaic region of Sunderbans. SEEDS is responding to affected communities in South 24 Parganas district.

13 Nov 2019 description
report Islamic Relief

Islamic Relief assists government evacuation efforts in Bangladesh and provides emergency aid to survivors of Cyclone Bulbul.

Deadly Cyclone Bulbul made a landfall in Bangladesh late on Saturday night, causing torrential rains, powerful winds and severe flooding.

More than 150,000 people were evacuated and forced to take refuge in special shelters as the storm packed powerful winds of up to 74 kilometre per hour and forced the closure of ports and airports.

13 Nov 2019 description
report Start Network

Briefing Note: Southern Bangladesh – Cyclone Bulbul (13 November 2019)

A severe cyclonic storm Bulbul, hit Bangladesh on 9 November, 2019 through Khulna division. Maximum sustained wind speed within 64 km of the severe cyclone center was about 100 kph rising to 120 kph in gusts/squalls according to the Met office. The coastal areas receiver heavy rainfall prior to the cyclone’s arrival which continued as the cyclone passed.

13 Nov 2019 description
map UNOSAT

Cyclone Bulbul made landfall near Sagar Island before moving into Bangladesh, with wind speeds of 75mph causing tidal surges around coastal areas. 12 people have been killed and at least 20 more people injured.

Bangladesh's two biggest ports, Mongla and Chittagong, have closed and flights into Chittagong airport have been stopped for safety reasons. The closure of transport hubs has left thousands of people stranded on islands off the coast, including St Martin's Island.

12 Nov 2019 description
  • After Tropical Cyclone BULBUL's passage on 9-10 November, the number of fatalities has increased to 24 (12 in India and 12 in Bangladesh).
  • According to DG ECHO and UN OCHA, 28 people are still missing in Bangladesh, 71 have been injured and 2,106,918 have been evacuated to 5,787 evacuation centres.