Disaster

Cyclones in Bangladesh

1998

The year 1998 saw Bangladesh devastated by two cyclonic storms. The first storm, surging from 1.83 to 2.44 meters, struck the coastal islands near Chittagong, Cox Bazaar District and Noakhali, in May. The second, with a storm surge of 1.22 to 2.44 meters, struck the coastal islands and sand shoals near Khulna, Barisal and Patuakhali, in November. HOPE worldwide worked to provide immediate relief and rehabilitation to thousands of affected families in and around Dhaka.

Our work

  • Medical programs in Hadibandha village, Tangail District, in collaboration with SHARE Bangladesh.
  • Medical clinic in Nutan Bazaar, Dhaka.
  • Fundraising and relief, sanitation, agricultural and education work in Cox Bazaar District, in partnership with Jibon Sympathetic foundation, from 2000 to 2008.
  • Regular medical camps and HIV awareness in Dhaka, with Bajon Hospital.
  • Educational and vocational training programs in the Dhaka area.

2007

Less than a decade later, on November 15, 2007, another cyclone struck the country. Cyclone Sidr, a Category 4 tropical storm, affected over 8.5 million lives. Up to 4,000 people perished and 1.45 million homes were destroyed. The storm damaged homes, crops, livestock and fishery infrastructure. A United Nations report estimated crop losses at 800,000 tons. Millions became vulnerable to food insecurity in the primarily agrarian country. Basic needs were acute in the aftermath of the cyclone. Water sources were contaminated with refuse and wreckages, and people feared the spread of water-borne diseases and epidemics.

Our work

  • Immediate relief to affected families, with help from the International Churches of UK. The US Agency for International Development (USAID) provided over $2 million for emergency relief, along with aid from other NGOs.
  • A permanent school and a vocational training center for the families of textile workers in Gazipur-Kanabari area, north of Dhaka, with the support of George/Asda.