Bangladesh
Emergency Response to Cyclone Amphan in Bangladesh
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  • Collapsed embankment ©Shapla NeerCollapsed embankment ©Shapla Neer
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SN Supporting Vaccination of Livestock

14th November 2020 16:00

  • Informing the community of vaccination camp with a loud speaker placed on cart ©SNInforming the community of vaccination camp with a loud speaker placed on cart ©SN
  • Residents and livestock gathered at vaccination camp ©SNResidents and livestock gathered at vaccination camp ©SN

As a JPF program, JPF member NGO Shaplaneer (SN) is implementing its emergency response to help residents affected by Cyclone Amphan rebuild their lives.

SN is helping vulnerable households in the hardest-hit areas of southern Bangladesh to rebuild their lives by providing food and safe water, vaccinating livestock, and providing simple housing materials.

Livestock are an important asset in rural Bangladesh, but there are concerns that they may be exposed to infectious diseases due to flooding. This is why SN held a vaccination camp. Announcements were made in the surrounding areas beginning two days prior to the camp, and 121 households vaccinated a total of 506 livestock and poultry, including cattle, goats, chickens and ducks.

PWJ's Assistance for Cyclone Amphan Relief

24th October 2020 14:00

  • Hand washing instruction ©PWJHand washing instruction ©PWJ

As a JPF program, JPF member NGO Peace Winds Japan (PWJ) is currently distributing relief supplies and promoting hygiene awareness for those affected by Cyclone Amphan.

The region where PWJ's project takes place has thriving fisheries and aquaculture industries, but the cyclone affected those industries as well as agriculture. People affected by the cyclone have been forced to live under difficult conditions due to the decrease in income sources and the cyclone's impact on food security, health, and hygiene, and are in need of assistance to rebuild their lives. PWJ distributes food, oral rehydration salts, tarpaulins, and fishing nets, and conducts awareness-raising activities in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases in environments where sanitary conditions have deteriorated post-disaster.

So far, PWJ has distributed food packs to more than 3,000 households and provided support by raising awareness of infection prevention to more than 3,000 households.

PWJ Providing Relief Items

17th September 2020 20:00

  • Distributing cloth masks ©PWJDistributing cloth masks ©PWJ

As part of JPF’s emergency response program, JPF member NGO Peace Winds Japan (PWJ) is distributing relief supplies and raising awareness about hygiene for the people affected by Cyclone Amphan.

The very powerful Cyclone Amphan made landfall on 20 May 2020. PWJ has been distributing emergency relief supplies and conducting infection prevention awareness activities. PWJ is distributing food packs and tarpaulins to vulnerable households to help them maintain a minimum standard of living and rebuild their lives. PWJ is also distributing fishing nets to households that were making a living through fishing or aquaculture but have lost their livelihoods due to the cyclone.

SN Implementing Relief in Bangladesh

26th August 2020 20:22

As a JPF grant project, JPF member NGO Shaplaneer (SN) is implementing its emergency response to help residents affected by Cyclone Amphan rebuild their lives.

SN is preparing to work in southern Bangladesh - in Koyra Upazila, Khulna District, and Sarankhola Upazila, Bagerhat District - to secure safe drinking water and food, improve sanitation, provide temporary shelter and materials for houses, and assist in the rebuilding of livelihoods (including vaccination of livestock and distribution of seedlings). SN is working with the local government to share and coordinate information for the list of beneficiaries and to prepare to clean ponds that have been damaged with saltwater from the cyclone so that the water can be used for drinking and domestic use again. The staff all wear personal protective equipment and are ensuring physical and social distancing as they work.

SN’s Emergency Relief Efforts

29th July 2020 7:00

As a JPF grant project, JPF member NGO Shaplaneer (SN) began its emergency response to help residents affected by Cyclone Amphan rebuild their lives.

In Bangladesh, Cyclone Amphan caused extensive damages and flooding to many homes and farmlands. SN is supporting areas especially hit hard in southern Bangladesh, in the Koyra Upazila in Khulna District and Sarankhola Upazila in Bagerhat District, through supporting residents secure food and safe water and through providing vaccinations for livestock and simple housing materials so that the vulnerable households are able to rebuild their lives on their own.

SN will implement COVID-19 prevention measures in all activities, including masks, thorough hand washing, and physical distancing (social distancing).

Mobilization Decided

29th June 2020 20:00

On 18th June, Japan Platform (JPF) decided to launch the emergency response to assist people affected by Cyclone Amphan, which struck Bangladesh in late May.

Cyclone Amphan, a very powerful cyclone, made landfall in Bangladesh on 20th May 2020, causing serious damages in the country and affecting 10 million people. *1

In Khulna District, which had been hit hard by this storm, seawater flooded into residential areas from where the levee broke, resulting in damages to houses, farmlands, and other basic infrastructures. Additionally, while food and drinking water are still lacking, the government’s distribution of rice and water has only been a temporary measure.

Since COVID-19 has been rapidly spreading throughout Bangladesh, hygiene and sanitation challenges abound with concerns about the pandemic’s spread in evacuation shelters.

In response to these conditions in Bangladesh, JPF and its member NGOs will be implementing the following assistance to meet these needs: food distribution; water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH); and shelter.

*1: OCHA, Asia and the Pacific Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot 19-25 May (26 May 2020)

On 18th June, Japan Platform (JPF) decided to launch the emergency response to assist people affected by Cyclone Amphan, which struck Bangladesh in late May.

<Overview>

  • Cyclone Amphan was a very powerful cyclone that made landfall in Bangladesh on 20th May 2020, causing serious damages in the nine districts in the southern and southwestern parts of the country and affecting 10 million people. 330,000 houses were damaged, including 55,000 that were destroyed*1, and about 150 kilometers of embankments and 1,100 kilometers of roads*2 were also damaged. In Khulna District, which had been hit hard by this storm, seawater flooded into residential areas from where the levee broke, resulting in damages to houses, farmlands, and other basic infrastructures. Additionally, while food and drinking water are still lacking, the government's distribution of rice and water has only been a temporary measure.
  • 2.4 million people evacuated ahead of the cyclone*1, and many are still living in the shelters because their homes were damaged or destroyed. Since COVID-19 has been rapidly spreading throughout Bangladesh, hygiene and sanitation challenges abound with concerns about the pandemic's spread in these shelters.
  • In response to these conditions in Bangladesh, JPF and its member NGOs will be implementing the following assistance to meet these needs: food distribution (for people who have lost their livelihood and are living as evacuees); water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) (including distribution of drinking water, domestic water, and sanitation items to prevent infectious diseases caused by contaminated water sources and to provide protection from COVID-19); and shelter (including repairs of damaged houses and construction of temporary housing).

Taking careful preventative measures against COVID-19 infections, JPF will deliver prompt assistance that meets the local needs. We will be posting regular updates on this response on the JPF website and our Facebook page.

*1: OCHA, Asia and the Pacific Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot 19-25 May (26 May 2020)
*2: IFRC, Emergency appeal, Bangladesh: Cyclone Amphan (28 May 2020)

Program Overview

Term 4 months (Initial Response Period)
Budget 180 million yen (government subsidies)
Location Areas affected by the cyclone in Bangladesh
Organizations
(Expected)
Good Neighbors Japan (GNJP), Japan International Support Program (JISP), Peace Winds Japan (PWJ), Shapla Neer (SN)