Bangladesh - Cyclone Nov 1988 UNDRO Information Reports 1-6

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from UN Department of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 30 Nov 1988


UNDRO 88/2644
BANGLADESH - CYCLONE
UNDRO INFORMATION REPORT NO. 1
30 NOVEMBER 1988

1. CYCLONE WITH WIND SPEEDS ABOVE 150 KM PER HOUR CROSSED INLAND OVER PATUAKHALI/KHULUA COAST NIGHT 29 NOVEMBER ENDING IN CYCLONIC STORM OVER MADARIPUR DISTRICT, SOUTH OF DHAKA. INFORMATION RECEIVED FROM UNDRO/UNDP RESREP VIA TELEPHONE, TELEX NOT FUNCTIONING DUE TO WIND DAMAGE, SO FAR INDICATE LIKELIHOOD OF TRAIL OF CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE TO STANDING CROP, HOUSES AND INSTALLATIONS.

2. UN-INTER-AGENCY WORKING GROUP ON DISASTERS MET AFTERNOON 29.11.88 IN UNDP PREMISES TO DISCUSS SITUATION. DETAILS ON DAMAGE AND NEEDS BEING SOUGHT FROM CONCERNED AUTHORITIES AND WILL BE COMMUNICATED ON RECEIPT. OFFER OF ASSISTANCE ALSO MADE.

3. DISASTER PREPAREDNESS MEASURES IN FORM OF RELIEF TEAMS, MEDICINES AND VEHICLES WELL TAKEN PRIOR TO LANDFALL OF CYCLONE BY BANGLADESH CYCLONE PREPAREDNESS PROGRAMME (CPP). WARNINGS RECEIVED FROM MET DPT. DISSEMINATED BY VOLUNTEERS TO THREATENED AREAS. EVACUATION OF PEOPLE TO CYCLONE SHELTERS AND OTHER SAFE PLACES ALSO EFFECTED BY CPP FIELD PERSONNEL.

4. DONORS ARE REQUESTED TO INFORM UNDRO DIRECTLY, PREFERABLY BY TLX (28148 UNDR CH) OF THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS AND CORRESPONDING VALUE.

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UNDRO 88/2651

BANGLADESH - CYCLONE
UNDRO INFORMATION REPORT NO. 2
1 DECEMBER 1988

1. UNDRO/UNDP RESREP REPORTS THAT MOST AFFECTED AREAS ARE BAGHERHAT, BARGUNA, BHOLA, JESSORE, KHULNA, PATUAKAHLI, PIROZPUR, SATKHIRA AND SUNDARBANS. COASTAL AREAS ALSO HIT BY STORM SURGE OF TWO METERS HIGH FORCING TEMPORY CLOSURE OF MONGOLA PORT.

2. CASUALITIES SO FAR CONFIRMED AT 350. MOST DEATHS CAUSED BY COLLASPED DWELLINGS AND ELECTROCUTION BY FLATTENED HIGH TENSION ELECTRIC POLES. PROMPT EARLY WARNINGS AND EVACUATION REDUCED OTHERWISE HIGHER DEATH RATE.

3. DAMAGE ASSESSMENT CONTINUING BY GOB TEAMS, BRCS AND OTHER NGOS. UNDRO/UNDP RESREP NOT RECEIVED NOR ANTICIPATING REQUEST FOR INTERNATIONAL ASSISTANCE FOR TIME BEING.

4. DONORS ARE REQUESTED TO INFORM UNDRO DIRECTLY, PREFERABLY BY TLX (28148 UNDR CH) OF THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS AND CORRESPONDING VALUES.

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UNDRO 88/2655

BANGLADESH - CYCLONE
UNDRO INFORMATION REPORT NO. 3
2 DECEMBER 1988

1. CYCLONE CONFIRMED AS MOST SERIOUS FOR ALMOST 20 YEARS. DEATH TOLL NOW ESTIMATED AT 700. FATE OF SEVERAL THOUSAND FISHERMEN IN CANALS AND INLETS SMALL ISLANDS SOUTH BANGLADESH STILL UNKNOWN. 100 CORPSES FOUND NEAR DUBLARCHAR ISLAND 90 KM OFF THE COAST. NO CONTACT ESTABLISHED WITH FIVE OTHER ISLANDS.

2. SO FAR NO OVERALL ASSESSMENT OF DAMAGE AND IMMEDIATE NEEDS OF AFFECTED POPULATION AVAILABLE.

3. LRCS REPORTS BANGLADESH NATIONAL RED CRESCENT DESPATCHED RELIEF TEAMS, FOOD AND OTHER SUPPLIES TO AFFECTED AREAS.

4. DONORS ARE REQUESTED TO INFORM UNDRO DIRECTLY, PREFERABLY BY TLX (28148 UNDR CH) OF THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS AND CORRESPONDING VALUE.

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UNDRO 88/2657

BANGLADESH - CYCLONE
UNDRO INFORMATION REPORT NO. 4
3 DECEMBER 1988

1. FIRST OFFICIAL SITUATION REPORT RECEIVED 2 DECEMBER INDICATES DEATH TOLL NOW AT 580. MOST CASUALTIES IN KHULNA DISTRICT. THREE THOUSAND FISHERMEN STILL MISSING IN SATKHIRA, COX'S BAZAR AND BAGERHAT DISTRICTS. OVER TWENTY VESSELS, BARGES AND HUNDREDS OF SMALL FISHERBOATS SUNK.

2. CYCLONE MADE SEVERAL HUNDRED THOUSAND FAMILIES HOMELESS IN TWELVE DISTRICTS. AMAN CROP IN EIGHT DISTRICTS SEVERELY DAMAGED. THOUSANDS OF CATTLEHEADS DROWNED.

3. STORM DISRUPTED TELECOMMUNICATION AND POWER SUPPLY IN AT LEAST SIXTEEN TOWNS AND FOUR COASTAL DISTRICTS. POWER FAILURES ALSO OCCURRED IN SOME PARTS OF DHAKA WHERE DEBRIS AND FALLEN TREES PARALYSED TRAFFIC.

4. AIR-AND WATER BORNE RELIEF OPERATIONS BY ARMY AND NGOS UNDER-WAY. ROUGH WEATHER HOWEVER MADE SEVERAL PLANNED HELICOPTER FLIGHTS IMPOSSIBLE. PRESIDENT VISITED WORST AFFECTED DISTRICTS INCLUDING KHULNA AND BAGERHAT.

5. DONORS ARE REQUESTED TO INFORM UNDRO DIRECTLY, PREFERABLY BY TLX (28148 UNDR CH) OF THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS AND CORRESPONDING VALUE.

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UNDRO 88/2658

BANGLADESH - CYCLONE
UNDRO INFORMATION REPORT NO. 5
4 DECEMBER 1988

1. UNDRO/UNDP RESREP REPORTS DAMAGE AND CASUALTIES DATA AND FIGURES CONTINOUSLY BEING RECEIVED. RESCUE AND RELIEF OPERATIONS FULLY ONGOING. OFFICIAL DEATH TOLL NOW HAS REACHED 900, WHILE FINAL FIGURE EXPECTED TO BE HIGHER. AS INDICATED IN INFORMATION REPORT NO. 4 NUMBER OF HOMELESS ABOUT TWO MILLION. REPORT FROM 13 SMALL ISLANDS AND OTHER OUTLYING AREAS STILL AWAITED.

2. CROP DAMAGE OCCURRED ON 174,000 HECTARES IN FIVE DISTRICTS: BAGERHAT, SATKHIRA, KHULNA, BHOLA AND COX'S BAZAR. OVER 33,000 CATTLEHEADS LOST. COUNTRY'S LARGEST RAILWAY BRIDGE THREATENED BY EROSION CAUSED BY MEGHNA RIVER.

3. INTER-AGENCY WORKING GROUP MET AGAIN 3 DECEMBER TO DISCUSS SITUATION. UN SUPPORT OFFERED TO GOB. UNDRO/UNDP RESREP HAS NOT RECEIVED APPEAL FOR INTERNATIONAL ASSISTANCE, PRESS REPORTS HOWEVER INDICATE GOB HAS APPROACHED SEVERAL DONORS FOR RELIEF AID.

4. PRESIDENT SET UP NATIONAL DISASTER COMMITTEE COMPOSED OF TECHNICIANS, MILITARY, CIVIL SERVANTS AND DOCTOS TO COORDINATE RELIEF AND REHABILITATION EFFORTS. COMPREHENSIVE IMPACT ASSESSMENT OF CYCLONE EXPECTED MID-WEEK.

5. DONORS ARE REQUESTED TO INFORM UNDRO DIRECTLY, PREFERABLY BY TLX (28148 UNDR CH) OF THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS AND CORRESPONDING VALUE.

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UNDRO 88/2720

BANGLADESH - CYCLONE
UNDRO INFORMATION REPORT NO. 6
12 DECEMBER 1988

1. UNDRO/UNDP RESREP REPORTS RESCUE TEAMS HAVE PENETRATED INTO AREAS OF SUNDARBANS. CYCLONE LEFT TRAIL OF DEVASTATION: HUMAN CORPSES, DEAD LIVESTOCK AND WILDLIFE FOUND SCATTERED. DEATH TOLL OVER 2,000 SHOWING UPWARD TREND WITH MANY FISHERMEN STILL MISSING.

2. OTHER OFFICIAL FIGURES INDICATE CROP DAMAGE IN ALL AFFECTED DISTRICTS ON 160,000 HECTARES. LOSSES ESTIMATED AT 200,000 TONS.

3. FULL REPORT ON HOUSING DAMAGE NOT AVAILABLE. ESTIMATES OF HOMELESS 2.5 MILLION.

4. CONTRIBUTIONS AS REPORTED TO UNDRO AS OF 12 DECEMBER:

GOVERMENTS

NETHERLANDS
CASH CONTRIBUTION OF DFL
250,000
THROUGH EMBASSY DHAKA
120,000
UNLESS SITUATION REQUIRES OTHERWISE THIS IS THE LAST INFORMATION REPORT.

5. DONORS ARE REQUESTED TO INFORM UNDRO DIRECTLY, PREFERABLY BY TLX (28148 UNDR CH) OF THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS AND CORRESPONDING VALUE.

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