"The scale of the devastation is enormous," said Vince Edwards, World Vision's national director in Bangladesh. "There is need wherever we look."
A new United Nations report confirms the dire assessment — damages caused by the monster storm are "much worse than previously thought," a Reuters article said on Dec. 4. More than 2 million people are now believed to be in need of immediate, life-saving assistance.
World Vision video (53 seconds) shows vignettes of the aftermath of massive destruction caused by Cyclone Sidr in Bangladesh.
To help meet the urgent need, our Bangladesh office has proposed a $15 million response plan to assist 1.3 million devastated families and children. Please consider donating now to help Cyclone Sidr survivors.
After delivering emergency assistance during the first critical days following the cyclone's destruction, World Vision staff began distributing shelter materials to some 50,000 people whose homes were damaged or destroyed by the killer storm.
"Our initial plan was to ensure that families in our program areas who have been affected by the cyclone were given food, clothing, and shelter," Edwards said. "We have to date provided food and clothing to thousands of people ... [On Nov. 29], we [started] distributing temporary shelter to those who have lost their houses."
On Dec. 9, our relief teams also completed the distribution of emergency relief supplies to 25,000 desperate people living in the severely affected Bagerhat and Pirojpur districts of southern Bangladesh, located outside the program areas where we work. Relief packs distributed in the Bagerhat area included blankets and jerry cans for obtaining water.
In addition, three water-purifying units donated to World Vision by the U.S. Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance have been set up in the Banderia, Morlegonj, and Mongla areas. These systems are producing 10,000 liters of clean water daily to serve an estimated 75,000 families — a critical need in cyclone-devastated Bangladesh, where many have been at risk of waterborne illnesses like cholera.
Our Bangladesh office is now moving into the second phase of relief efforts that will extend to the end of February. This phase will emphasize:
>> Pray for the millions of people affected by this killer storm in Bangladesh. Pray also for the ability of World Vision staff to bring help quickly and effectively.
>> Donate now to help the survivors of Cyclone Sidr.
>> Sponsor a child in Bangladesh.
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