Advisory: Cyclone Hits Bangladesh

Advisory: Cyclone Hits Bangladesh

  |   Posted: June 16, 2009

UPDATE: June 16, 2009 - The Compassion Bangladesh medical team has completed the emergency medical services programs that treated children and their families from two of the centers along with other members of the community.

The medical team hired by Compassion had a great impact on the community, as more than 650 people were treated.

The situations at affected Compassion centers are slowly improving, although clean water is still an issue and many homes remain unusable.

Please pray for our children and families who lost homes and possessions in the storm. They are in desperate need. Please also pray for the Compassion staff members who are working hard to meet the basic needs of so many.

Compassion Bangladesh will provide an update as information becomes available.

Compassion International will contact you if your sponsored child has been affected.

If you would like to help provide relief during this crisis, visit our disaster donation page.

Visit our blog to see photos of the disaster and hear more from our Field Communications Specialist about the devastating effects of Cyclone Aila.

UPDATE: June 11, 2009 - The East India country management team is closely monitoring the situation in eastern India in the wake of Cyclone Aila.

  • The walls and windows of an additional child development center were damaged.
  • Almost 20 more homes of registered children were damaged or destroyed. 
  • Children and their families whose homes are damaged continue to live with neighbors.

Compassion's church partners are still providing for the basic needs of affected children.

UPDATE: June 8, 2009 - The Compassion Bangladesh medical team is on-site at a child development center treating children and their families along with other members of the community whose lives were affected by Cyclone Aila.

The medical team will visit other affected Compassion centers throughout the upcoming weeks.

Overall, the situation seems to be slowly improving, although clean water is still an issue and many homes remain unusable.

UPDATE: June 4, 2009 -  Compassion Bangladesh has sent a medical team to a some of the affected child development centers. The medical team consists of one doctor, one pharmacist, two nurses and one administrator.

So far, Cyclone Aila has had the following effects:

  • Children and their families are still temporarily relocating. Many have gone to relatives' houses far from the centers until the floodwater recedes from their homes.
  • Most Compassion-assisted children are still healthy with just a few suffering from diarrhea and fever.
  • Lack of fresh water is still a major problem. People are saving rainwater to drink.
  • The weather continues to be rainy and very windy, and the water level continues to rise.

The Compassion-assisted child development centers have distributed cooked food, and will now begin distributing rice and lentils, as well as oral rehydration therapy and water purification tablets, to affected families

UPDATE: June 1, 2009 -The situation in Bangladesh continues to deteriorate following Cyclone Aila, which hit last week.

Waterborne diseases are spreading at an alarming rate, and many are still without any food, water or shelter.

Compassion Bangladesh is sending a medical team to the most affected areas to address health concerns and offer oral rehydration therapy and water purifier tablets.

Compassion-assisted centers are providing affected children and their families cooked food daily and will hand-out rice and lentil for the next four weeks.

UPDATE: May 29, 2009 - Several Compassion-assisted centers have been affected as a result of Cyclone Aila.

Compassion staff in Bangladesh continue to visit each affected child development center to assess the damage.

  • The kitchen roof of one center was blown off.
  • The homes of more than 140 Compassion-assisted children were completely destroyed.
  • More than 50 homes of Compassion-assisted children are damaged.
  • The flood water polluted the water sources, leading to a complete lack of clean drinking water.
  • Many families of Compassion-assisted children have no shelter, water or food, and are at high risk of disease.

Compassion staff are working to provide food, water and medicine, but it is difficult because of the flooding. The only transportation is by boat.

Many children and their families have had to relocate because of the flooding and damage.

  • The affected families are taking shelter at the market, but the conditions are very unsanitary. Because of the lack of security, many young girls are at risk.
  • Many Compassion-assisted children are sick with diarrhea, skin disease, high fever and dysentery.

May 26, 2009 - Cyclone Aila recently battered Bangladesh, with winds up to 75 mph. Nearly 120 people were killed as a result of the storm, and several Compassion-assisted child development centers have been affected.

The children who attend these centers are safe. However, many lost their homes and belongings and are taking shelter in school buildings and other facilities.

Around 400 Compassion-assisted children have been affected. Some of their homes were destroyed, while others have been rendered uninhabitable. Most of these children live in rural areas.