Bangladesh

Difficult week for Bangladesh Red Crescent

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Three teams of Red Crescent workers have returned to Dhaka having successfully distributed aid to victims of this month's tropical storms. All initial distribution to 1000 families has been completed.
Following new storms, damage reports are under assessment to ascertain possible Red Crescent action, and tender notices are being posted this weekend to replenish buffer stocks.

For the last three weeks, tropical storms have battered Bangladesh killing over 20 people and injuring over 1,000. April marks the beginning of the cyclone and tropical storm season in Bangladesh - the precursor to the monsoon season which ravages Bangladesh every year from June.

Ferry disaster

In another tragedy in Bangladesh this week, 328 people are now confirmed dead in Bangladesh's worst ever ferry disaster after two ferries collided on 4 May. On Monday, Red Crescent workers sailed north carrying 177 bodies, and some relatives along the way were able to identify corpses. Later, over 100 Red Crescent volunteers helped bury 123 bodies according to Muslim burial rites.

Immediately following the collision, volunteers from the Bangladesh Red Crescent's cyclone preparedness programme based in the nearby district of Chandpur were immediately mobilized. Setting out into the river they were able to retrieve 28 bodies but sadly no survivors. "The currents were just too strong and many people were swept away", said one of the volunteers, Riazur Rahman. The volunteers also administered first aid to 50 survivors who had made it to safety, and are still providing psychological support to families and friends of the deceased.