3.2 million children are at risk as Cyclone Remal hits hard in the coastal areas of Bangladesh

Statement attributable to Sheldon Yett, UNICEF Representative to Bangladesh

27 May 2024
A mother holds her small child walking in muddy and flooded area.
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Dhaka, 27 May 2024 – “As Cyclone Remal hits the coastal areas of Bangladesh, over 8.4 million people, including 3.2 million children, are at high health, nutrition, sanitation, and safety risks. Our thoughts go out to the children and their families at this critical moment as they endure the storm's impact.

“From the information received to date, Bhola, Patuakhli and Bagerhat have been impacted the most with many upazillas being inundated.

“UNICEF has been on the ground since the beginning and supporting the government in its early warning efforts while ensuring a swift and effective response to address the aftermath of the cyclone. UNICEF has prepositioned supplies that include water purification tablets, jerrycans, mobile toilets, hygiene and family kits and more in 35 warehouses countrywide for distribution in the affected communities and shelters. 

“Additionally, we have two rapid response teams ready to be deployed to the most affected areas.

“Through our initial response, UNICEF plans to reach people in the coastal region including Rohingya Camps and Cox’s Bazar. Critical funding gaps remain across all sectors to meet the immediate needs of girls, women, and persons with disabilities.

“We are working closely with the Government and our partners to monitor the situation and ensure coordinated efforts to provide swift support and relief to those in need. Our priority is to protect the lives and well-being of the most vulnerable, particularly children, who are the most vulnerable during such disasters.

"We remain committed to standing by the people of Bangladesh through this challenging time and providing all necessary assistance to help them survive and recover from the aftermath of Cyclone Remal.”

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Miguel Mateos Muñoz
UNICEF Bangladesh
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