Funding appeals and humanitarian action updates
Cyclone Sidr hit Bangladesh on the evening of 15 November, affecting 7 million people in 30 districts. The five worst-affected districts are Patuakhali, Barguna, Bagerhat, Barisal and Pirojpur. More than 3,000 deaths have been confirmed to date and a large number of people are missing on the islands and coastal areas. Approximately half of the affected people are children and an estimated 600,000 of them are under the age of five.
UNICEF has revised its initial funding requirements to US$ 29,260,500 to be able to support the national response to the needs of children and women in the areas of health, water and sanitation, education, nutrition and child protection. The UN Country Team together with the Government of Bangladesh will also issue a Cyclone Response Plan in the coming weeks and UNICEF will actively be involved in this process.
Bangladesh Cyclone Sidr Humanitarian Action Update 27 Nov 2007 [pdf]
Cyclone Sidr hit Bangladesh on the evening of 15 November. The five worst-affected districts are Patuakhali, Barguna, Bagerhat, Barisal and Pirojpur. More than 3,000 deaths have been confirmed to date and a large number of people are missing on the islands and coastal areas. Electricity systems have failed throughout the country, cutting off channels of communication. The infrastructural damage to houses, public buildings, schools and roads, is extensive. One of the government’s disaster preparedness measures included the evacuation of approximately 3.2 million people to safe places from along the coastline in 15 districts. The majority of these people have lost their homes and are now internally displaced. Approximately half of the affected population are children and an estimated 400,000 of them are under the age of five. As the weather will soon get cold, vulnerable children and women require urgent life-saving assistance to be able to survive.
UNICEF is supporting the national response to the needs of children and women in the areas of health, water and sanitation, education, nutrition and child protection. The estimated funding requirements for immediate action amount to US$ 2,355,000. This is based on UNICEF’s core commitments for children, taking into account the assistance provided by other UN agencies and international NGOs. The funding requirements will be revised once the full extent of the damage and the assistance needed will have been assessed.
Bangladesh Immediate Needs 19 Nov 2007 [pdf]
Heavy seasonal monsoon rains have caused widespread flooding across South Asia devastating communities and livelihoods and causing displacement of thousands of people throughout Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan. Across the subcontinent around 50 million people have been affected in what has been described as among the worst flooding in years – with yet more rains forecast in coming weeks.
Relief and recovery efforts are well underway in all affected countries – however the incidence of diarrhoeal and other waterborne diseases continues to rise. Access to fresh water, food and shelter for all affected populations remains the primary concern. In addition, millions of children across the affected regions are unable to begin the new academic term as their schools have been destroyed, damaged or are being used as shelters.
UNICEF is responding in the areas of water and sanitation, health and nutrition, education, child protection, and social mobilization to meet the needs of affected children and their families.
South Asia Humanitarian Action Update 25 Sep 2007 [pdf]