CHF 267,129 (USD 250, 677 or EUR 186, 294) has been allocated from IFRC's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society in delivering immediate assistance to at least 22,500 people (4,500 families). Un-earmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.
The nor'wester that played havoc in eastern India on the night of 14 April also hit the border districts of Dinajpur, Rangpur, Nilphamari, Lalmonirhat and Kurigram in Bangladesh. Some adjacent districts including Gaibandha, Sirjaganj and Bogra were also affected.
In addition, when affected people in Lalmonirhat started repairing their houses, another nor'wester slashed in some villages on 17 April, killing three people and causing damages to 2,000 dwellings.
Local administration sources confirm that nine people, including one woman, were killed and more than 200 people injured in the tropical storm, caused primarily by collapsed buildings, fallen trees and thunderstorm. 50,000 dwellings, half of which are thatched houses, were partially or completely damaged after wind speeds reached a maximum of 100 km/h. The strong winds and rain also caused damage to crops, trees and power supplies. Tens of thousands of hectares of crops were destroyed in the affected districts. Around 100 education institutions were damaged which will lead to the temporary suspension of academic activities. Household items, including cooking facilities, utensils and food stocks were blown away.
Most of the affected population has been living in the open air since the storm, trying to construct makeshift dwellings on the site of their original homes. The government of Bangladesh responded swiftly to the situation. As of 17 April, 718 metric tonnes of rice and BDT 3,685,000 cash (CHF 56,700) was released for distribution amongst the affected population. The injured are receiving medical treatment at neighbouring district and subdistrict government hospitals and health centres.