Emergency and humanitarian action

Cyclone Mora in Bangladesh-April 2017

Funds allocated:
US$170 000

Affected population:
3.3 million people affected, including 540 000 in coastal and hilly areas.

The emergency

Cyclone Mora hit the southern-eastern Chittagong and Barisal divisions of Bangladesh on 30 May 2017. Rain/thunder showers accompanied by temporary gusts occurred in most places over Chittagong, Barisal, Dhaka, Mymensingh and Sylhet divisions. As a result, 3.3 million people affected, including 540 000 in coastal and hilly areas.

According to the DGHS ‘National Health Crisis Management Centre and Control Room’ report (as of 04 June, 2017), a total of 218 people were injured in Cox’s Bazar (213) and Rangamati (5), mainly due to uprooted trees and destroyed houses. So far, 6 deaths were reported from Cox’s Bazar (4) and Rangamati (2) districts. On 07 June 2017, Cyclone Mora was graded as 1 by WHO.

Due to disrupted water and sanitation system, lack of shelter and inadequate food supply, there was an urgent need to speed up health care service delivery to prevent death, disease, disability and malnutrition. A 72 hrs Initial Assessment was done by the Needs Assessment Working Group of the Humanitarian Coordination Task Team. Reports indicated that additional Inter-Agency Emergency Health Kits, Diarroheal Kits and other emergency drugs were needed to manage likely disease outbreaks.

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