Over 7.2 million people affected in floods
10,000 homes were damaged or destroyed across the country.
The path of Cyclone Sitrang crossed right over Cox’s Bazaar, one of the largest refugee camps in the world, which is home to over one million Rohingya refugees, mostly living in unstable temporary shelters.
Cyclones, flooding, and natural disasters affect the lives of hundreds of thousands of Bangladeshi people. With your support we can help build resilience against disaster and help with recover when it strikes.
Our partner Caritas Bangladesh is on the ground in emergencies affecting Bangladesh supplying emergency food, clean water, medical supplies, WASH, and shelter.
Our partners Caritas India and Caritas Bangladesh are responding to support flood-affected communities who need immediate assistance. Your generous support can help provide emergency support to help families recover and rebuild from disaster.To donate to our emergency Asia appeal, click here.
When the cyclone was identified and the warning went out, NGO and government supported disaster risk reduction programs went into effect. Disaster risk reduction or DRR programs like the ones supported by Caritas Australia can mitigate the worst impacts of a crisis by effectively preparing and planning. In Bangladesh this meant evacuating thousands of people from the path of the cyclone to temporary shelters further inland, preparing food and water supplies and having WASH and medical facilities on standby for a surge.
Your support can help our partners on the ground provide urgent relief including:
The Climate Crisis in Bangladesh
The ongoing impact of the climate crisis means cyclones like Sitrang will become more frequent and more intense. Compounding disasters one after the other, with little time in between for proper recovery and preparation. This places an enormous strain on local communities that are already coping with the ongoing effects of the climate crisis and poverty.
Indeed, earlier this year Bangladesh and parts of neighbouring India faced devastating flooding events and a brutal drought that affected millions of people. Learn more here.
Low-lying Bangladesh faces regular challenges from flooding and cyclones, which are increasing in regularity and severity. It is estimated that about 17 per cent of the people in Bangladesh will need to be moved in coming years if the impacts of a changing climate continue at the present rate.
The funds raised through this appeal will be used to provide immediate and longer-term humanitarian assistance to communities affected by the cyclone in Bangladesh. Where this is not possible, the funds will be used to provide immediate and longer-term development and humanitarian assistance to communities affected by crises and poverty across the world. If any excess funds remain after a crisis, or if there are changes in circumstances beyond our control that limit our ability to use the funds, they are kept in the Emergency Response Appeal so that we can respond to ongoing development needs and future crises across all our regions.