Bangladesh: Disaster Management Information Centre situation report 30 May 2009

Situation Report
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Current Situation

Total 14 districts were affected by the cyclone. 147 persons reported dead. Many areas of the affected districts were inundated and houses, roads and embankments were damaged. Detailed damage information collection is in progress.

Government administration, local elected representatives and other Non Government organizations are now working in rescue and response in cyclone affected upazilas around the coastal areas. These organization have started their relief and rehabilitation operations immediately just after the cyclone crossed over.

Local elected representatives and elites are encouraging and providing confidence to the affected people for facing the situation. The Bangladesh army and Coast Guard are trying to establish local communication and still handling the rescue operations.

Total Death: 155
People Missed: 10
People Injured: 7,108
Family Affected: 8,01,602
People Affected: 36,06,116
Houses Damaged: 5,64,315
Crops Damaged: 3,27,406 acre

Actions Taken

- In a special meeting of Disaster & Emergency Response (DER) group, the Director General of the Disaster Management Bureau and the chair has requested NGOs to respond immediately to the situation and to notify the Disaster Management Information Centre (DMIC) of their current and planned activities.

- All organisations are requested to send the following information to the DMIC at as soon as possible today (30/05/09):

  • The outcomes of any need assessments that have been conducted.
  • Details of response and relief activities. Please indicate if the activities are completed, still underway or in the planning stage.
A map will be produced from this data indicating 'who is doing what and where'. It will be disseminated tomorrow 31/05/09 - hence the urgency of the information request.

- There will be a meeting to coordinate need assessments, and disaster response and relief efforts tomorrow (31/05/09) at 11am at the CDMP conference room. All organisations are requested to send only one representative to this meeting.

- A total of BDT 2,78,84,300 G.R. Cash has been allocated to the "AILA" affected districts.

- G. R. Rice 18150.000 MT has been allocated to the "AILA" affected districts.

- A total of 18100 pcs of sarees, 6500 pcs of lungis have been allocated to the mostly affected districts.

- USAID will release $100,000 in OFDA funding that will go to World Vision and CARE. They deployed 14 water treatment plants to the affected areas and released about $20,000 for logistics/delivery of high energy biscuits from the Government of Norway and some non-food items. They are waiting for further assessments and proposals from their on the ground partners to divert funds from current programs for disaster response.