Caritas responds to Cyclone Bulbul: Strong winds, swift support in Bangladesh

19 Nov 2019   |   Blog

The Caritas network is on the ground providing emergency relief and support in the aftermath of Cyclone Bulbul, which made landfall in West Bengal on November 9th, causing significant damage.

Hitting the district of Satkhira at 5am on November 10, the cyclone generated wind speeds of up to 110 kilometres per hour.


Locals carry the sick away from the site of disaster. Photo: Caritas Bangladesh
Locals carry the sick away from the site of disaster. Photo: Caritas Bangladesh.

The cyclone damaged thatched houses, crops and communications. Localised flooding caused by storm surges also damaged embankments, causing sixteen deaths across India and Bangladesh.

The most pressing needs on the ground are emergency food supplies, medical kits and infrastructure restoration.

With 10,000 houses damaged during the crisis and 180,000 people taking refuge in 471 relief camps, the Caritas network, through Caritas Bangladesh, has supplied drinking water to approximately 40,000 people across several municipalities. Additionally, the network has successfully distributed 7,893 packets of dry food across several municipalities including:

  • Dacope,
  • Paikgachha,
  • Shyamnaga,
  • Assasuni,
  • Mongla,
  • Kolapara,
  • Taltoli,
  • Barishal

Local Bangladeshi authorities are clearing fallen trees and making efforts to clean up the blocked roads, as well as working to restore power.


Flooding causes widespread damage in the aftermath of events such as Cyclone Bulbul. Photo: Caritas Bangladesh

Flooding causes widespread damage in the aftermath of events such as Cyclone Bulbul. Photo: Caritas Bangladesh.

 

Your support to the Caritas Network ensures the survival of the most vulnerable in the aftermath of Cyclone Bulbul in Bangladesh.

Visit www.caritas.org.au/asia to show your support today.

 

Daniel Nour is a Content Specialist at Caritas Australia


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