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Emergencies

Bangladesh is susceptible to regular flooding, cyclones and other natural disasters that impede development. UNICEF works to prepare communities for future emergencies and provide immediate and long-term relief support to families.

Cyclone Aila
 
Cyclone Aila hit 14 districts on the south-west coast of Bangladesh on the 25th May 2009. It was the second major blow for the region in less than two years: many of these areas were still recovering from the effects of 2007’s Cyclone Sidr.

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Pandemic (H1N1) influenza
 
Since the first case of pandemic influenza, or ‘swine flu’, was identified in June 2009, there have been 840 diagnosed cases and six deaths from H1N1 in Bangladesh (as of March 2010).

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Cyclone Sidr
 
UNICEF offered immediate emergency assistance and ongoing relief support to the 8.9 million people who lost family members, homes and livelihoods in Cyclone Sidr.

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Floods 2007
 
UNICEF provided safe water, supplies, essential drugs, food supplements and safe spaces for children displaced by flooding during the 2007 monsoon.

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Avian influenza
 
UNICEF educates local communities about the risks of bird flu and encourages individuals to adopt behaviours that help prevent transmission.

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Emergencies every day
 
Emergency preparedness and disaster risk reduction are central to UNICEF’s work because women and children are always the most vulnerable in an emergency.

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