Bangladesh Cyclone Sidr

    Cyclone Sidr hit Bangladesh on the 15th of November 2007..

    Along the coast, 150 mph winds flung small ferries ashore like toy boats, cutting off migrant fishing communities who live on and around hundreds of tiny islands.

    In the worst affected districts, 90 per cent of homes and 95 per cent of rice crops and valuable prawn farms were obliterated by the winds, which generated a 20ft tidal surge that swept everything from its path.

    Officials described the humanitarian situation in coastal districts like Barguna, 130 miles south of the capital Dhaka, as the 'worst in decades', a grave assertion in a country that is used to dealing with annual floods and storms.

    Sundarban - the UNESCO declared World Heritage Site - is the world largest mangrove forest. It took a direct hit which helped to save coastal lives and resources by acting as a buffer.   The magnitude of devastation would be manifold if not for the Sundarban mangroves which suffered extensive damage according to early reports.  A great deal of work will be required in the medium- to long-term to rehabilitate this critical protective barrier against future cyclones and tidal surges.

    Along the Bangladesh coast, millions of women, men and children have seen their crops and homes destroyed, and have nothing to live on for the foreseeable future. Bangladesh is also less able to deal with this crisis as it is still reeling from the effects of recent flooding, following the worst monsoon rains in living memory.

    Bangladesh Cyclone Relief

    The relief effort has started, but many villages in remote areas are left with no food, no water, no shelter, no clothes, and they may not be reached in time.

    UWT Provides Aid in Bangladesh 

    Cyclone Sidr Home Flattened

    Brother Feeding Brother

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