Final Update: July 6, 2020
In total, 23 Child Development Centers and 575 beneficiaries were affected. Emergency relief was provided for all affected families. Housing improvements (repairs and ensuring more disaster resilient homes) are in progress.
Thank you for your prayers for the affected families.
Update #9: June 29, 2020
The repair of homes and five Child Development Centers is now complete in the South. The home repairs for the other areas is expected to be completed in the next few days.
Please continue to pray for the affected families as their homes are being repaired.
Update #8: June 22, 2020
The Compassion Bangladesh National Office staff and the Child Development Centers (CDCs) are preparing to purchase materials and repair homes.
Please continue to pray for the affected beneficiaries, families and CDCs as they work to stabilize their situations.
Update #7: June 15, 2020
Thankfully, no additional beneficiaries have been impacted. The damaged homes are being repaired using Compassion Crisis Relief funds.
Please pray for the protection and provision of affected beneficiaries and families as they recover from damages incurred.
Update #6: June 8, 2020
Child Development Centers are now utilizing disaster response and recovery funds to support affected beneficiaries and families. No additional beneficiaries have been reported as affected.
Please continue to pray for the recovery process for beneficiaries, families, and the church partner staff.
Update #5: June 4, 2020
The Compassion Bangladesh National Office reports that comprehensive disaster response and recovery funds will soon be available to assist affected beneficiaries and their families. At this time, no additional beneficiaries have been reported as affected.
Thank you for your continued prayers for the beneficiaries, families and church partners.
Update #4: June 2, 2020
The country is preparing for the rainy season and another potential cyclone. To date, 23 Child Development Centers (CDCs) and 572 beneficiaries have been affected.
The Compassion Bangladesh National Office staff are preparing to use Crisis Intervention funds for water and infrastructure repair. The rehabilitation phase of the disaster response is expected to be hampered due to lock-down COVID-19 related issues like decreased labor availability, increased transportation costs and building material shortages.
Please continue to pray for the affected church partners, beneficiaries, and families during these challenging times.
Update #3: May 29, 2020
Since the cyclone hit Bangladesh last week, there has been more heavy rain, thunderstorms, strong winds and lightening. Some of the affected areas are still struggling with loss of electricity and access to clean water. Impact assessment is still ongoing, which continues to be hampered due to inaccessibility particularly in the north western area.
Many beneficiaries and families have damaged homes and loss of livelihood. The Compassion Bangladesh National Office may utilize Crisis Intervention funds to address damaged homes, Child Development Center construction, livelihood recovery, and toilets.
Please continue to pray for the affected beneficiaries, families and church partners.
Update #2: May 27, 2020
People in the hard hit areas are returning to their homes to face the destruction caused by the storm. Local authorities are struggling to restore road links and electricity. A massive cleanup effort is addressing the flattened homes, uprooted trees, and power outages.
So far, 22 Child Development Centers and 545 beneficiaries have been affected. The Compassion Bangladesh National Office formed an Amphan Crisis Management team to assess what response and recovery efforts need to be taken. Crisis Relief funds are being utilized to provide food and water, as well as partial repairs to damaged homes. The concern for the spread of COVID-19 is hampering some efforts to visit affected families.
Please pray for the safety, comfort and provision for affected beneficiaries, families, and church partners in Bangladesh.
Update #1: May 26, 2020
Communities in Bangladesh, particularly the coastal regions are working to recover from the impact of the cyclone and tropical storm. Damages to housing, infrastructure, fisheries, livestock, agriculture, and water resources are extensive. Power, phones and internet outages are still impacting the region, as well.
To date, seven Child Development Centers (CDCs) and 145 beneficiaries have been affected. The CDCs and the Compassion Bangladesh National Office staff are continuing their assessment of damages to determine the best way to support affected families. The CDCs anticipate utilizing the Disaster Relief fund and the Crisis Intervention funds to repair damages.
Please pray for the affected beneficiaries, families and church partners as they recover from damages and losses.
Disaster Alert: May 22, 2020
A large area of Bangladesh has been impacted by Cyclone Amphan that originally made landfall in West Bengal, near the Bangladesh border. Thankfully, many people were evacuated prior to the storm that caused heavy rains, strong winds, trees uprooted, and damage to buildings and homes. There are also connectivity and electrical disruptions.
So far, seven Child Development Centers (CDCs) and 99 beneficiaries have been affected. The CDCs ensured families in high risk areas were safely evacuated prior to the storm. They are also providing food and hygiene materials to the affected families. The impact assessment is still in progress.
Please pray for the safety of our beneficiaries, families, staff and church partners throughout Bangladesh.