Emergency Response to Cyclone AMPHAN and COVID-19

by Bangladesh Environment and Development Society (BEDS)
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Emergency Response to Cyclone AMPHAN and COVID-19
Emergency Response to Cyclone AMPHAN and COVID-19
Emergency Response to Cyclone AMPHAN and COVID-19
Emergency Response to Cyclone AMPHAN and COVID-19
Emergency Response to Cyclone AMPHAN and COVID-19
Emergency Response to Cyclone AMPHAN and COVID-19
Emergency Response to Cyclone AMPHAN and COVID-19
Emergency Response to Cyclone AMPHAN and COVID-19
Emergency Response to Cyclone AMPHAN and COVID-19
Emergency Response to Cyclone AMPHAN and COVID-19
Emergency Response to Cyclone AMPHAN and COVID-19
Emergency Response to Cyclone AMPHAN and COVID-19
Emergency Response to Cyclone AMPHAN and COVID-19
Emergency Response to Cyclone AMPHAN and COVID-19
Emergency Response to Cyclone AMPHAN and COVID-19
Emergency Response to Cyclone AMPHAN and COVID-19
Emergency Response to Cyclone AMPHAN and COVID-19
Emergency Response to Cyclone AMPHAN and COVID-19
Emergency Response to Cyclone AMPHAN and COVID-19
Emergency Response to Cyclone AMPHAN and COVID-19
Emergency Response to Cyclone AMPHAN and COVID-19
Emergency Response to Cyclone AMPHAN and COVID-19
Emergency Response to Cyclone AMPHAN and COVID-19
Emergency Response to Cyclone AMPHAN and COVID-19
Emergency Response to Cyclone AMPHAN and COVID-19
Emergency Response to Cyclone AMPHAN and COVID-19
Emergency Response to Cyclone AMPHAN and COVID-19
Emergency Response to Cyclone AMPHAN and COVID-19
Emergency Response to Cyclone AMPHAN and COVID-19
Emergency Response to Cyclone AMPHAN and COVID-19
Emergency Response to Cyclone AMPHAN and COVID-19
Emergency Response to Cyclone AMPHAN and COVID-19
Emergency Response to Cyclone AMPHAN and COVID-19
Emergency Response to Cyclone AMPHAN and COVID-19
Emergency Response to Cyclone AMPHAN and COVID-19
Emergency Response to Cyclone AMPHAN and COVID-19
Emergency Response to Cyclone AMPHAN and COVID-19
Emergency Response to Cyclone AMPHAN and COVID-19
Emergency Response to Cyclone AMPHAN and COVID-19
Emergency Response to Cyclone AMPHAN and COVID-19
Emergency Response to Cyclone AMPHAN and COVID-19
Emergency Response to Cyclone AMPHAN and COVID-19
Emergency Response to Cyclone AMPHAN and COVID-19
Emergency Response to Cyclone AMPHAN and COVID-19
Emergency Response to Cyclone AMPHAN and COVID-19
Emergency Response to Cyclone AMPHAN and COVID-19
Emergency Response to Cyclone AMPHAN and COVID-19
Emergency Response to Cyclone AMPHAN and COVID-19
Emergency Response to Cyclone AMPHAN and COVID-19
Emergency Response to Cyclone AMPHAN and COVID-19
Emergency Response to Cyclone AMPHAN and COVID-19

On 8th Novemeber 2020, it was a very special day for us because that day we provided few foods (rice, dal, salt, oil, soap) among 150 Cyclone Amphan aftected forest dweller families who have been facing twice disaster Cyclone and COVID-19. We know that relief is not any sustainable solution it is only needed as an emergency basis. So, we are trying to ensure the food security for the Sundarbans coastal villagers through accelerating Agricultural production in the Sundarbans region of Bangladesh.

The Specific objectives of the program are as follows;

v  To meet up the food demand of the coastal villagers

v  To improve the capacity of the farmers on organic production

v  To establish a model agro farm in the coastal region of Bangladesh.

Thank to all of our honorable donors who supported us to distribute this gift among the villagers. We hope near future we will keep your hands with us for providing more food among more vulnerable families. 

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Inauguration of Relief distribution
Inauguration of Relief distribution

People living near Sundarbans coastal areas of Bangladesh are being impacted because of the Cyclone Amphan and COVID-19. They have little or no access to basic food supplies and other fundamental necessity. They had been already affected by loss of jobs, bad economy and being unable to move around because of the Covid-19. On May 20, 2020, the cyclone "Amphan" hit the Sundarbans area, and 500+ people have lost their homes and have taken shelter in our center. They are not able to afford their food due to no way to work, and cyclone has made a pretty bad damage to the area. Their livelihood has come under question and they are worried.

Bangladesh Environment and Development Society (BEDS); a community based, non government, non political and development organization is trying to raise fund from GlobalGiving in order to support those vulnerable and poor communities of Sundarbans coastal region. Goal of the project is $65,000 and so far $ 5,747 has been raised.

On 8 October 2020, BEDS has distributed relief items (Rice, Lentils, Oil, Salt, Soap and Mask) among 150 Sundarbans resource harvesters’ families of Satkhira district. Before the relief distribution ceremony, a total of 1500 mangroves have been planted on the Kultoli riverbank. After that the relief distribution activity took place at the Cyclone Shelter and Training Center established by BEDS at Mathurapur Jelley Polly (fishing village) of Munshigonj union under Shyamnagar sub district of Satkhira district of Bangladesh.

We therefore want to give our heartiest thanks to the donors for their support and request all our well wishers to stay beside us for assisting the vulnerable communities to lead a better life.

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Distribution of mask among the coastal villagers
Distribution of mask among the coastal villagers

Bangladesh is a disaster vulnerable south Asian small country. Sundarbans coastal region of Bangladesh is the front line of global climate change. People of this region are ultra poor and they have to face natural disasters like cyclone, flood, drought, erratic rainfall, riverbank erosion etc. all over the year. So, it becomes quite difficult for them to recover from heavy loss caused by disaster. They usually remain helpless and wait for government or NGOs to come for their relief and rehabilitation support.

Since March 8, 2020, Bangladesh has been facing the bitterness of global pandemic COVID-19. So, Bangladesh Government has restricted outside movement of general people in order to reduce the spreading of this fatal virus. So, poor people became more vulnerable as they couldn’t go outside for earning. So, in some cases they have to remain starving with all their family members. In such a situation Super cyclone Amphan devastated the Sundarbans coastal region on May 20, 2020. Around 6000 people took shelter in BEDS Cyclone Shelter and Training Center and got immediate food support. Many low-lying areas were inundated, embankments collapsed, trees uprooted and houses damaged by this super cyclonic event in the coastal districts of Bangladesh. The loss was really huge and people were at a loss! These duel crisis led the coastal economy broken down.

In such a situation Bangladesh Environment and Development Society (BEDS) started trying to raise fund for the COVID-19 and Amphan affected community from GlobalGiving platform. A project was uploaded on GlobalGiving platform named Emergency Response to Cyclone AMPHAN and COVID-19. Target grant for this project is 65,000 $. So far 3,845 $ is raised from 51 donations. We hope that we would be able to draw the attention of the kind hearted donors so that our target can be achieved in the quickest time possible.

We have already provided masks among our target community and have been conducting awareness program regarding COVID-19 pandemic. We have distributed water jars and sheep among the target community. We also planted 5000 mangroves for embankment protection. Now we are monitoring our supported villagers’ activities. We are providing advices to the villagers where necessary.

We would like to show our gratitude to all our respected donors who have been supporting us. We hope that you will continuously be with us to support the coastal vulnerable community and provide them an opportunity to return to their normal life.

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Village got flooded by Cyclone Amphan
Village got flooded by Cyclone Amphan

Bangladesh is a small south Asian disaster vulnerable country. There is at least one or more than one disaster occurs here in Bangladesh since last few years. Cyclone Amphan is such a devastating cyclone that destroyed the coastline of Bangladesh. This was the first ever super cyclone in 20th century in Bangladesh. Cyclone Amphan hit Sundarbans coastal region in the midst of global crisis called COVID 19. Due to Coronavirus, economy of Bangladesh has been broken, thousands of people have lost their jobs and hand to mouth people started living fasting or having very small quantity of food. In such a situation, super cyclone Amphan has broken coastal hope. In this duel crisis affected communities are at a loss. Cyclone ''Amphan'' passed the Bangladeshi coastline by the midnight on 20th May, 2020 with a wind speed of around 160 to 180kph rising to 200kph within 80km of its centre. Thousands hectors of fish and crops farms are inundated by the saline water due to damaged of the coastal embankments, agricultural field destroyed, trees uprooted and houses collapsed. 

These Sundarbans coastal communities are key stakeholders in helping protect our natural environment and work closely with us to conserve our Sundarbans mangrove ecosystem in Bangladesh. If they are not safe, it will be impossible for us to conserve the nature and ecosystem. So, their rehabilitation is a must.

This is why Bangladesh Environment and Development Society (BEDS) is trying to raise fund for the affected Sundarbans coastal people of Bangladesh. Target of the project is 64,320 UDS and so far 680 have been raised from 9 respectable donations. We want to raise the entire target fund as soon as possible and support the affected community. 

This is an absolute prayer to the donors to stay beside the Cyclone affected and COVID 19 vulnerable community and assist them to return to their general life.

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Villagers taking shelter at the BEDS center
Villagers taking shelter at the BEDS center

Super Cyclone ''Amphan'' started crossing the Bangladesh coast around 5pm on Wednesday packing a wind speed of around 160 to 180kph rising to 200kph within 80km of its centre. It passed the Bangladeshi coastline by the midnight. Many low-lying areas were inundated, embankments collapsed, trees uprooted, fish and agricultural crops destoyed and houses damaged by this super cyclonic event in the coastal districts of Bangladesh. Mainly Sundarbans coastal region of Bangladesh has major damages due to this cyclonic event.

 

BEDS (Bangladesh Environment and Development Society) has tried to prepare and motivate local villagers (keep their precious things/treasure in secured place, arrange dry food, take shelter in our Cyclone Shelter before disaster) to face Cyclone Amphan two days prior from Amphan to hit Bangladeshi coast. On May 20, 2020, more than 600 people took shelter in the Cyclone shelter and training center of BEDS. BEDS staffs and its volunteers handled the situation efficiently. Local government and BEDS together arranged food and water for the sheltered people. All the sheltered people remained safe.

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Bangladesh Environment and Development Society (BEDS)

Location: Khulna - Bangladesh
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Project Leader:
Md. Maksudur Rahman
Khulna, Khulna Bangladesh
$5,747 raised of $65,000 goal
 
58 donations
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