Bangladesh, a South Asian country in the Ganges Delta, is prone to natural disasters. Sitrang, a strong cyclone, hit the country recently. It hit the coast of Bangladesh on October 24, 2022.
More than 10,000 people have lost their homes and 36 deaths have been officially reported. In Southwest Bangladesh, the cyclone induced a tidal surge that swamped coastal areas and devastated crops and fisheries.
More than 10 million people still do not have access to electricity in the Southwest Belt of Bangladesh. Not to mention the crisis occurs at a time when the nation is facing a power crisis.
Destroyed livelihood – struggles of a poverty-stricken community
Tropical cyclone Sitrang took a massive toll on the communities in densely-populated, low-lying areas. 10,000 homes were damaged, and more than 6,000 hectares (15,000 acres) of crops were destroyed. The loss amounts to 21,000 tonnes of paddy. Moreover, thousands of fishing projects have been washed away. The storm alone caused aquaculture producers to lose Tk 68 crore, according to the initial estimates of fisheries officials.
The cyclone destroyed families’ access to subsistence, primarily agriculture and fishing. Millions of people will likely have to start over with only clothing on their backs. This will be extremely difficult for a community that is already enduring extreme poverty.
Hence, the cyclone victims urgently need financial support to overcome the adversity.
UMR’s Emergency Response
UMR has launched a Bangladesh Cyclone Emergency project in response. We are providing emergency food kits, consisting of daily necessities such as rice, potatoes, lentils, cooking oil, and other essentials to withstand the calamity. Additionally, we are delivering hygiene packs filled with supplies like soap and towels.
Join us in our relief efforts to alleviate the post-disaster impact of Sitrang. To support the victims in overcoming the crisis, make a meaningful contribution today here: https://umrelief.org//bangladesh-cyclone