UNICEF Bangladesh Cyclone Mora Humanitarian Situation Report No.1, 30 May 2017

Report
from UN Children's Fund
Published on 30 May 2017

Highlights

  • On 30 May, Cyclone Mora made landfall on the south eastern coast of Bangladesh, with cyclone signal number 10. Nearly 350,000 people were previously evacuated by the government from potential affected areas.

  • On 29 May, an ad-hoc Humanitarian Coordination Task Team (HCTT) met jointly with the Government on 29 May 2017 to share information on the situation and preparedness.

  • Initial assessments reveal that 2,811,465 people, of whom 1,116,151 are children, have been affected across 12 high-risk costal districts. According to the initial findings of the assessment, WASH, shelter and food are the most urgent priorities.

  • UNICEF teams are part of multi-sectoral assessments; prepositioned supplies for WASH, child protection and education are ready for distribution by our implementing partners covering the most affected areas.

Situation Overview

Cyclone Mora made landfall on Bangladesh’s coastal region at 6 am on 30 May, with heavy rain and winds estimated at 160 km/h. Initial assessments are that 2,811,465 people have been affected across 12 high-risk costal districts. Nearly 350,000 people were evacuated on 29 May from affected areas on the southern coast. Houses and properties have been damaged, and roads and telecommunications were partially disrupted in Cox’s Bazar. Continued rain is expected which will exacerbate the situation for those whose homes have been destroyed. Two villages in Cox’s Bazar and three villages in Chittagong have been flooded. According to the National Health Crisis Management Centre and Control Room of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), there have been reports of two casualties so far. It is reported that 70% of the houses in Saint Martin Island and around 3,000 houses in Ukhiya and Teknaf have been damaged. Eleven children are reported to have been injured during the cyclone due to the falling trees and torn tin roofs.

Cox’s Bazar hosts approximately 400,000 Undocumented Myanmar Nationals (UMN) including 74,000 newly arrived Rohingyas following the recent tensions in Myanmar. According to a UMN community leader, around 10,000 huts in Kutupalong camp and Balukhali settlement have been destroyed. Many UMNs have taken shelter at learning centres supported by UNICEF and UNHCR in makeshift settlements and official camps.