Bangladesh: Cyclone Roanu Emergency appeal n° MDRBD016


This Emergency Appeal seeks 2,031,716 Swiss francs (CHF) to enable the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the Bangladesh Red Cross Society (BDRCS) in delivering assistance and support to 55,000 people (11,00 families) affected by Cyclone Roanu. The operation focuses on the following sectors: food and nutrition; essential household items; shelter (emergency and recovery); livelihoods; water, sanitation and hygiene; health; disaster risk reduction and institutional disaster response capacity enhancement. The planned response reflects the current situation and information available at this time. It is likely to be adjusted based on further developments and detailed assessments.

The disaster and the Red Cross Red Crescent response to date

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.

21 May: The cyclone made landfall in the southern coastal region of Bangladesh. An update entry made on DMIS and an information bulletin published.

22 May: The government in consultation with the Bangladesh Meteorological Department had advised to hoist the danger signal number SEVEN for fourteen districts

24 May: CHF 244,476 allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Emergency Relief Fund (DREF) to support BDRCS in addressing the immediate needs of up to 25,000 people.

25 May: At least seven coastal districts were badly affected - Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar, Bhola, Barguna, Lakshmipur,
Noakhali and Patuakhali. 1.3 million people affected and 27 people confirmed dead. 1 Over 500,000 people evacuated to safer shelters and more than 75,000 houses damaged or destroyed.

29 May: Weather forecast reported squally weather including thunder showers in Patuakhali, Noakhali and Chittagong over the coming days.

2 June: Emergency Appeal launched for CHF 2,031,716 to support BDRCS to scale-up the delivery of humanitarian assistance to 55,000 people.