Bangladesh Cyclone Mora 2017: Work Report 1
On 30 May 2017, Cyclone Mora made landfall on Bangladesh’s coastal district of Cox’s Bazar. High winds, heavy rain and tidal surges triggered severe floods and landslides and immediately killed 7 people. 55,000 houses were destroyed and 3.3 million people were affected in Cox’s Bazar, Chittagong, Bandarban, and Rangmati districts. Two weeks after the landfall, torrential rains continued to batter the country, more landslides have killed an additional 144 people and injured over 700 people.
Initial assessments have identified shelter, food, livelihoods, water, sanitation and hygiene as the main priorities for the affected population. Those who have lost their homes have insufficient means to reconstruct or rehabilitate their damaged houses, and loss of agricultural land and equipment have affected livelihoods. A number of communities have inadequate access to clean water and safe sanitation due to contaminated water supply system and damaged latrines.
Hong Kong Red Cross Actions
Hong Kong Red Cross has immediately mobilized HKD 200,000 for immediate relief and is in close contact with the International Red Cross to assess the gap and need for further humanitarian support. No appeal has been launched in Hong Kong at this stage.
Red Cross Red Crescent Actions
On 13 June 2017, the International Red Cross launched an international emergency appeal seeking approximately HKD 10.5 million. The operation targets to support 50,000 people with relief efforts, including food, shelter, provide services for water, sanitation, health and hygiene and support early livelihoods measures. The International Red Cross has already mobilized approximately HKD 891,900 from its Disaster Relief Emergency Fund on 31 May 2017 to support the emergency operations.
As of 18 June 2017, the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society has evacuated over 300,000 people, distributed cash grants (HKD 522 per family) to 2,300 families and distributed dry food supplies to over 25,000 people. The relief operation is now still ongoing.
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