Millions affected as Cyclone Fani hits India and Bangladesh, ADRA readies response



[Photo credit: ADRA Bangladesh]

After making landfall in the eastern state of Odisha, India, Cyclone Fani continued its path northeast of Bangladesh on Saturday, May 4, destroying thousands of households and leaving towns submerged in floodwaters in the two South Asian countries.

Cyclone Fani is said to be the strongest typhoon to hit these two countries in the last five years. After hitting land on Friday, India’s Meteorological Department said Fani lost power and was downgraded to a depression.

Local reports in Bangladesh said more than a dozen people died and 63 people were injured with more than one million people evacuated to safety. Local government units in Bangladesh emphasized an estimated 1.2 million people were moved to evacuation sites to avoid higher casualties.

According to reports, casualties could have been more fatal if evacuation was not done, especially for families living in low lying areas in the district of Noakhali where damage was the most severe.

ADRA Bangladesh volunteers stepped into the situation on Sunday to assess the situation and see what were the urgent needs of families affected by the storms. ADRA plans to start distribution in the districts of Bhola and Patuakhali.

ADRA Bangladesh is working closely with local government units, Non-profitt organizations, food security clusters, shelter clusters, and churches to identify what the immediate and greatest needs of those impacted. Basic needs such as ready to eat food, make shift shelters, bedding, water, medicine, and clothes are greatly needed for distribution.





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