Bangladesh
Emergency Response to Cyclone Amphan in Bangladesh
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  • Collapsed embankment ©Shapla NeerCollapsed embankment ©Shapla Neer
  • Flooded homes ©Shapla NeerFlooded homes ©Shapla Neer

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)