Bangladesh: Cyclone Sidr Emergency Appeal no. MDRBD003


GLIDE TC-2007-000208-BGD

This Preliminary Emergency Appeal seeks CHF 3,989,305 (USD 3.5m or EUR 2.4m) in cash, kind, or services to support the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) to assist 47,000 families (or 235,000 beneficiaries) for 9 months.

CHF 250,000 was allocated from the Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support this operation. Unearmarked funds to replenish DREF are encouraged.

This operation is expected to be implemented over 9 months, and will therefore be completed by July 2009; a Final Report will be made available by October 2009 (three months after the end of the operation.

Summary: Cyclone Sidr hit the southwestern region of Bangladesh on 15 November at 6.45 p.m. local time, and while the storm has weakened, it has left an extensive trail of destruction in its wake. Cyclone-related deaths have exceeded 500 and continue to rise, while the number of those injured is still unavailable. Widespread flooding as a result of heavy rains and the storm surge has caused hundreds of thousands to seek temporary shelter on higher ground. Extensive damage to land and property occurred in the coastal districts, destroying crops, drowning livestock, and damaging homes (particularly mud-thatched houses). An estimated 150 trawlers have failed to return to shore.

Based on the latest information from the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS), the immediate needs that are urgently required include food and non-food items, emergency shelter, basic health care, clean water and the provision of basic relief items. Subject to further detailed assessments, it is expected that the longer-term needs will include psycho-social support, shelter rehabilitation, restoration of water and sanitation facilities as well as livelihoods provision and support.

The situation

Cyclone Sidr hit the south-western region of Bangladesh on 15 November at 6.45 p.m. local time at the speed of 220-240 km/hr. The storm also reached parts of the capital Dhaka with winds of 140-160 km/hr.

While the storm has weakened, it has left an extensive trail of destruction in its wake, including the disruption of electricity in affected regions as well as the capital Dhaka. This loss of power supply and telecommunication lines such as telephones and the Internet has greatly hindered informationgathering on the situation, and has not yet been restored in these communities at the time of writing.

Current information from the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society lists the districts of Bagerhat, Borguna, Khulna, Patuakhali, Pirojpur, Satkhira, Barisal and Bhola as the most affected, including the sub-districts of Shwarankhola, Morelganj, Sadar, Patharghata, Kalapara, Galachipa, Monpura and Charfasson.

To date, cyclone-related deaths have exceeded 500 people but the numbers are expected to rise as a result of flooding caused by the storm surge and heavy rains. The number of those injured is still unavailable. Extensive damage to land and property has been caused in the coastal districts in the area, including crops, livestock and homes, especially mud-thatched houses. Traffic is also extensively disrupted due to fallen trees and debris, and an estimated 150 trawlers have failed to return to shore. Air travel was suspended until the morning of 16 November and remains under close government monitoring of the disaster situation. Up to 67 people have been reported stranded with little food and no electricity. Weather conditions have exacerbated rescue operations due to high sea levels.

Local news indicate that the district administration has opened more than 200 shelters and that the relief ministry has allocated 1,000 blankets, 450 tents and cash relief of BDT 50,000 (CHF 834) for those affected in Patuakhali district.

Coordination and partnerships

The International Federation and its Red Cross Red Crescent Movement partners are providing support to the BDRCS to strengthen its emergency response/preparedness capacities in Bangladesh, and are collaborating with governmental, UN and other humanitarian agencies in this emergency response operation.

MAP - Bangladesh: Cyclonic Storm Sidr (as of 16 Nov 2007) - Situation Map

For further information specifically related to this operation please contact:

Bangladesh Red Crescent Society: Mr. M. Shafiul Alam (secretary- general), email:, phone: +88.02.935.2226.

Country delegation in Bangladesh: Mr. Selvaratnam Sinnadurai (head of delegation), email:, phone: +88.02.933.7314, fax: +88.02.934.1631.

South Asia regional representation in India: Mr. Al Panico (regional representative), email:, phone: +91 11 2411 1122, fax: +91 11 2411 1128.

Asia Pacific Zone office in Malaysia: disaster management unit: Mr. Latifur Rahman (regional disaster management delegate), email:; phone: + 60 3 2161 0892, mobile; +60 12 975 0144; regional logistics unit: Mr Jeremy Francis (regional logistics coordinator),, phone: +60 3 2628 2707, fax: +60 3 2168 8573

In Geneva: Asia Pacific department, Ms. Christine South (Emergency operations coordinator), email:, phone: +41.22.730.4529, fax: +41.22.733.0395