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700,000 in need: Red Crescent responds to Cyclone Roanu

More than half a million people fled from Cyclone Roanu's path in Bangladesh, but floods and landslides continue to claim lives.

Monday May 23, 2016

Red Crescent volunteers
Red Crescent teams helped families evacuate as Cyclone Roanu made landfall with heavy rains and tidal surges. Photo: Bangladesh Red Crescent

Cyclone Roanu made landfall in Bangladesh on 21 May. The cyclone arrived with the high tide, causing a tidal surge that flooded the country's coastal belt.

The first cyclone of the season in the Bay of Bengal, Roanu brought gusty winds and thundery showers, leading to landslides in the Chittagong region. 

As the cyclone approached, Bangladesh Red Crescent volunteers were providing early warning messages and helping with evacuations. They ensured that families took essential items with them, such as personal documentation and food supplies. 

More than 513,000 people evacuated their homes prior to the cyclone's arrival, which authorities believe minimised loss of life. However, 24 deaths have so far been confirmed, with the toll expected to rise.

Some 84,000 homes have been damaged or destroyed and more than 700,000 people affected. There was substantial damage to crops, endangering the livelihoods of thousands of farmers.  

Storage facilities in Chittagong and Barisal are being emptied to provide relief items such as clothing, tarpaulins for shelter and jerry cans for water. Bangladesh Red Crescent is seeking further support to help families with emergency cash grants and set up mobile water treatment plants.  

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