OCHA Situation Report No. 1
Bangladesh - Tropical Storms
3 May 2002
The following information was provided
by the UN Resident Coordinator's Office in Dhaka, the Ministry of Disaster
Management and Relief (MDMR), the IFRC, the Disaster Forum and media reports.
Situation in Bangladesh
1. Since 22 April, Bangladesh has been hit by tropical storms five times, the latest on 2 May, when 23 people were killed and many injured, according to media reports. Figures provided by the MDMR, which do not include yesterday's storms, indicate that 8 people have been killed, hundreds injured and around 100,000 people affected since 22 April. However, the IFRC and media reports mention that more than 30 people were killed. Several thousand hectares of crops have been damaged as well as thousands of huts destroyed. The northern districts of Gaibandha, Kishorgonj, Rangpur, Nilphamari, Netrokona, Kurigram and Sirajgong are the worst affected. Tropical storms are common at this time of the year in Bangladesh, before the monsoon season begins in June.
2. The district branches of the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BRCS) are providing relief items to the most vulnerable of the affected families. So far, BRCS has targeted 1,000 families in five districts.
3. Immediate government assistance to the victims has been provided through the District Commissioners of the respective districts. Assistance includes cash, wheat, rice, cloths and some medical supplies.
4. IFRC has released CHF 102, 246 (USD 63,115) from its Disaster Relief Emergency Fund for relief assistance to be provided by BRCS and the Federation Delegation.
5. The in-country UN System is monitoring the situation.
6. OCHA is in contact with relevant government authorities in Bangladesh through the in-country UN System, and will revert with further information if warrented.
7. This situation report, together with information on other ongoing emergencies, is also available on the OCHA Internet Website at http://www.reliefweb.int
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