16 July 2016

News From UMCOR

When Cyclone Roanu struck Bangladesh in May, it displaced half a million people, severely damaged livelihoods, and killed 27. Coastal communities were hardest hit.

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is working together with HEED Bangladesh and Muslim Aid to provide emergency food relief, much-needed hygiene kits, and cash disbursements that allow survivors to meet their own emergency priorities. 

In Bhola District, which covers an island about 80 miles from the capital, Dhaka, some 750 homes were destroyed and another 2,000 were damaged. Residents have been running short of food, safe drinking water, clothing, and shelter since the storm. UMCOR is working with HEED, a local Bangladeshi nongovernmental organization, to meet emergency food needs. 

In the upazila (or county) of Banskhali, more than half the households are expected to need assistance. A storm-related tidal surge overwhelmed the protective embankments and flooded homes and the fish farms and salt fields that provide livelihoods for local people. Here, UMCOR is partnering with Muslim Aid, a Britain-based humanitarian aid organization with work in 70 countries and a field office in Bangladesh. Read more here.

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