May 16, 2013
Cyclone Mahasen hit the coast of Bangladesh near the southern district of Patulkhai early Thursday and is now situated 130 miles from the ports of Chittagong and Cow’s Bazar. Warning signals have risen to seven out of a possible 10 and one person has already been reported dead.
Damage from Tropical Storm Mahasen in Kalapara Sadar Upazila , Patuakhali district Thursday morning. Trees were uprooted and homes significantly damaged. Photo by Save the Children.Communication and transportation have been disrupted, cutting off several communities in the south of the country. At least 25 villages in Patuakhali District were flooded on Wednesday due to a storm surge that washed away the flood control dams built to protect the people behind them. This storm surge was reported to be at least five feet height damaging 500 houses in its wake. In another southern district, Jhalokathi, heavy rainfall is ongoing as water levels of most of the rivers continue to rise. Cyclone shelters are packed with vast numbers of people and it is feared current dry food supplies are insufficient to meet demand.
The Government of Bangladesh has ordered 1 million people in a total of 15 coastal districts to take shelter in safe places including cyclone shelters. However, the number of shelters available is not believed to be adequate enough to accommodate all the evacuees.
It is predicted that at least 8 million people will be affected during the course of cyclone Mahasen, 4.1 million in Bangladesh. Save the Children have already initiated our response targeting the districts of Barisal, Patuakhai, Barguna, Khulna & Bagherhat, Satkhira, Chittagong and Cox’s Bazar in partnership with 8 coastal based implementing partners. We have mobilized 1,500 ready to use food packs and 500 lifesaving non-food items, 5,000 Disaster Risk Reduction trained youth volunteers and 700 Village Disaster Management Committees who are all ready to respond. Damage assessment teams are also ready and will start work alongside national and international NGOs. Save the Children also has on standby four speedboats ready to respond to the needs of the communities - and particularly children -in each sub-district affected by the storm surges and flooding.
How You Can Help
Children affected by Cyclone Mahasen need caring people to support our relief efforts. Please give generously to the Cyclone Mahasen Children in Emergency Fund. Donate now.