ECB Bangladesh Cyclone Aila One Year on Press Release

from Emergency Capacity Building Project
Published on 23 May 2010
A policy dialogue held on Swelled sufferings: challenges after one year of Aila

One year on - Plight of Cyclone Aila communities continues

Today on 23rd May, 2010 a policy dialogue held on Swelled sufferings: challenges after one year of Aila at CIRDAP Auditorium, Dhaka as to find a way forward and define a policy framework for the welfare of the Aila affected people as well as to mark 1 year of Cyclone Aila. The Emergency Capacity Building (ECB) Project Bangladesh Consortium, a consortium of six international NGOs--- Oxfam, CARE, Catholic Relief service, Concern Worldwide, World Vision, and Save the Children-in association with the Campaign for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods (CSRL), a network of 200 local, national and international development and civil society organizations and European Commission Humanitarian partners responding to AILA were jointly arranging the policy dialogue.

25th May, 2010 will constitute a year of Cyclone Aila. Unfortunately even it is almost a year after Cyclone Aila, many people still living a miserable life in the Aila affected region in Satkhira and Khulna. All the participants expressed their solidarities with the basic demand of affected people for urgent rehabilitation in the policy dialogue. They stated it as extreme humanitarian crisis. The organizers- the ECB project Bangladesh consortium, CSRL and 14 international NGOs presented a policy paper on this occasion. The policy brief sets forth five specific CALLS to the government, development partners and international communities and urge them to ACT NOW to appease the sufferings of the Aila affected people: timely reconstruction of embankment with updated embankment policy; immediate long term rehabilitation programme with allocation of budget in the upcoming fiscal 2010; amend the existing draft of Disaster Management Act to make it pro people; adequate funding support from international donors and development partners to respond to the crisis; and fair negotiation by rich countries in the 16th Conference of Parties (CoP) of the UNFCCC be held on November, 2010 in Mexico to reduce green house gas emission and to help poor and vulnerable countries including Bangladesh

Mr. Mohammad Sayedul Haque, Chairman, Parliamentary Standing Committee on Food and Disaster Management was attainted as the chief guest of the policy dialogue on Swelled sufferings: challenges after one year of Aila where as Mr. Ahsan Zakir, Director General, Disaster Management Bureau (DMB), Mr. M. Aminul Islam, Assistant Country Director, Environment and Disaster Management Programme, UNDP, Zahirul Alam, convener of Broadcast Reporters of Bangladesh participated the dialogue with three MPs from Khulna region--Mr. Nani Gopal Mondal, Mr. Nazrul Islam Monju, Mr. Md. Sohrab Ali Sana as special guests. More over Country Directors of Oxfam, Save the Children-USA, Save the Children-UK, Concern Worldwide, Muslim Aid-UK, Islamic Relief World Wide, Christian Aid and Dun Church also participated the policy dialogue. Mr Zialul Hoque Mukta, Member Secretary, CSRL moderated the session while Mr. Harun or Rashid, ECB Bangladesh Manager gave the welcome address and Oxfam GB Country Director Mr. Gareth Price Jones gave the vote of thanks.

Still a tens of thousand people cannot go back to their homes are living in embankment. They have no food and pure drinking water. To reduce the integrated sufferings of the Aila affected people coordination between GO and NGO is need which has been disseminated by the policy dialogue.

On behalf of the consortium of national and international NGOs working in Aila hit areas and for further information please contact: Mubashar Hasan, Media and Communication Coordinator, Bangladesh Program, Oxfam GB, Mobile:01713060151, Email:

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