Bangladesh

Bangladesh: Tropical Storms - Information Bulletin n° 2

Format
Situation Report
Source
Posted
Originally published


Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) Allocated: CHF 102,346
This Bulletin is being issued in support of needs described below. A DREF allocation of CHF102,346 has been made by the Federation to facilitate action and donors are strongly urged to reimburse the fund as soon as possible. The allocation will also enable the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) to increase the level of its buffer stocks of emergency family kits in advance of the imminent monsoon flood season.

The Situation

After a respite of almost a week, a further wave of tropical storms swept across Bangladesh on the evening of Friday 26 April 2002, causing further destruction and distress in many districts. Known locally as Norwesters, the storms again ravaged districts affected the previous week and extended as far south as Laxmipur on the river Meghna, where it widens to form an arm of the estuary into the Bay of Bengal. These new storms have uprooted trees, damaged 5,000 houses and crops over vast tracts of agricultural land. Electricity supplies and telephone communication to many areas have also been disrupted.

Based on information collected by and received from its district branches (units) - corroborating media reports, included CNN bulletins - the latest Bangladesh Red Crescent Society BDRCS situation report (issued on 28 April) indicates that 11 people have been killed and several hundreds injured. Of these, six were killed and more than 100 injured in five sub-districts of Kishoregonj-Kishoregonj sadar, Hussainpur, Pakundia, Kathiadi and Bajitpur, respectively. In Brahmanbaria, the storm is reported to have killed two and injured 30. In Mymensing, two people were killed and 50 injured by associated hailstorms. Five thousand hectares of crops, several huts and 20 educational institutions were also damaged.

In Jhenaidah district, a seven-year-old boy was killed and at least 40 others were injured. Five hundred houses were destroyed. Similar scenarios are reported from the BDRCS districts branches of Magura, Tangail, Sirajgonj and Moulavi Bazar, which - like others - have requested headquarters for support in providing urgently needed relief materials for the storm’s most vulnerable victims.

Red Cross/Red Crescent Action

The BDRCS and the Federation Delegation have continued to monitor the situation. A number of affected units engaged their Red Crescent youth and squad volunteers to provide first aid to injured people and to transport severe cases to the nearest hospital. Gaibandha branch was the first to respond to the earlier storms, by dispatching members of its community based disaster preparedness (CBDP) squad to carry out vulnerability and needs assessments. It also withdrew BDT10,000 from its Disaster Emergency Fund for the local procurement of relief commodities for immediate distribution in its catchment area. Similar action was later taken by other district squads and volunteers - particularly in Jamalpur, Lalmonirhat, Laximpur and Kishorgonj Districts.

In collaboration with the Federation Delegation, BDRCS has allocated 1,000 family emergency kits from its buffer stocks established with the aid of a DfID grant last year, for distribution in five districts, as indicated in the table below:

Name of Unit
Affected families
Targeted vulnerable families
Kishorgonj
1,600
200
Jamalpur
1,800
200
Lalmonirhat
2,800
200
Gaibandha
2,000
200
Laxmipur
1,200
200
Totals
9,400
1,000

The kits have been loaded on BDRCS trucks (see picture below) and were expected to reach their district destinations by early today.

An analysis of costs related to these operations and necessary replenishment of distribute stocks is attached at the end.

For a full description of the National Society profile, see www.ifrc.org

For further details please contact :

  • The Bangladesh National Society in Dhaka ; Phone + 880 2 9330188; Fax +880 2 9352303; email bdrcs@bdonline.com
  • Ewa Eriksson, Phone 41 22 4252; Fax 41 22 733 0395; email eriksson@ifrc.org
  • IFRC delgation in Bangladesh; Tony Maryon HOD, Tel. +880 2 831 5401; fax +880 2 934 1631

All International Federation Operations seek to adhere to the Code of Conduct and are committed to the Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response (SPHERE Project) in delivering assistance to the most vulnerable.

For support to or for further information concerning Federation operations in this or other countries, please access the Federation website at http://www.ifrc.org

For longer-term programmes, please refer to the Federation’s Annual Appeal.

John Horekens
Head
Relationship Management Department

Simon Missiri
Head ai
Asia Pacific Department


Tropical Storm Budget 2002

01.
1,000 Family @ CHF 22
CHF
22'000
02.
Distribution cost
- transportation from HQ to 5 units
CHF
1'000
- secondary transportation for 5 units
CHF
700
03.
Loading/unloading, warehousing
CHF
300
04.
BDRCS monitoring costs - 2 assesment teams
- Fuel, D/A, Accommodation, local transport
CHF
588
05.
Delegation evaluation and final reporting
CHF
500
Sub-total (in CHF) :
25'088
BDRCS additional emergency BUFFER stock
(tornado,tropical storm, cyclone, flood)
01.
3,000 Family @ CHF 22
CHF
66'000
Sub-total (in CHF) :
66'000
PSB 11% (25,088+66,000)
CHF
11'258
GRAND TOTAL (in CHF):
102'346