BENEFITING: YOU EQUAL LOVE
Md. Robiul Islam
Tropical storm Roanu made landfall in the southern coastal region of Bangladesh on 21st May 2016. The storm brought heavy rain, winds of over 100km/h, and storm surges peaking at 2.7 metres. Eighteen (18) coastal districts were affected and among them, seven (7) severely: Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar, Bhola, Barguna, Lakshmipur, Noakhali and Patuakhali. National early warning systems were activated and nearly 450,000 people were evacuated by national authorities to cyclone shelters prior Roanu’s landfall. The cyclone destroyed houses, uprooted trees and breached embankments. Villages were flooded, fisheries swept away and power supply was interrupted. Within 24 hours, most of the evacuated returned to their homes. However, 1.3 million persons were directly affected by the cyclone’s impact that took the life of 27 persons (15 men and 12 women). Moreover, more than 100 primary schools and Madrassas were damaged due to waterlogging, strong winds and falling trees. The overall goal is to ensure that people severly affected by Cyclone Roanu receive timely and appropriate humanitarian assistance. It is recognized that in recovery phase, additional interventions should be strongly considered such as restauring livelihood and rehabilitating damaged schools. Our strategic objectives are- To meet immediate needs of vulnerable population in the severely cyclone-affected areas. To ensure that the common and standard assistance package is respected. To support affected people including those living in hard-to-reach locations.