Severe thunderstorms and tornadoes hit northern Bangladesh on 14th April and again on the 19th, killing 88 people and injuring thousands. Nearly forty villages in the areas of Netrokona and Mymensingh have been badly hit, with 3,400 houses completely destroyed and another 1,745 houses sustaining damage.
Half a Million Homeless
Initial estimates of 65,000 individuals affected by the storms are being revised after a recent report suggested that the number of displaced people may be closer to half a million. The army, local administrations and NGOs are providing food, medicine, water and tents to survivors.
Agriculture has been severely hit by the storms, with over 3,400 hectares of farmland submerged when the Khoyai river burst its banks. A further 5000 hectares were partially submerged by the river.
Islamic Relief Response
Islamic Relief’s field office in Bangladesh has started a relief operation in partnership with the UN World Food Programme (WFP). Islamic Relief will distribute 3.75 metric tons of high protein biscuits provided by WFP, to 2,500 people in the affected region. Islamic Relief’s Emergency Projects depend upon your generous support