A woman preparing maize that is being used as a…
In November 2007 the areas hit by the devastating cyclone "Sidr" are still in a state of emergency. There is an urgent need of food, water and shelters. SOS Children's Villages will provide building materials for families who have lost their homes.
A woman preparing maize that is being used as a substitute for rice in Bangladesh.
Sometimes it is hard to imagine the scale of the effects of cyclones, and other weather related disasters, when you read about them or hear about it in the news. I have been reading about the effects of cyclone "Sidr" which hit Bangladesh in November 2007. This report I read gives some idea of the extent of the cyclone damage and the scale on which SOS acted to help.Here is the report:
During the night of 15 November, Cyclone Sidr cut a trail of destruction through nine coastal districts. One of the worst hit areas was Bagerhat. In Sarankhola, a part of Bagerhat district, 627 deaths were reported, 6000 families lost their homes and 22,000 houses suffered major damage.
Southkhali, a community consisting of several villages, was completely destroyed. The people there were without shelter and protection and lived under the open sky now.
SOS Children's Villages Bangladesh provided building materials for 650 families in Southkhali in co-ordination with the district authorities of Bagerhat and the national government, so people were able to repair their own roofs. The poorest families also received blankets.
SOS Children's Village Khulna and SOS Vocational Training Centre Bagerhat are situated in the disaster area. None of the children and co-workers there were harmed. There was only minor damage to the SOS Children's Village facilities: the storm uprooted more than 100 fruit trees and some roofs were damaged.
Bags of rice to be distributed as part of the emergency releif work in Tahoua, Niger.
I agree with you about it being hard to get a handle on the extent of damage caused by natural disasters. I have been looking at the SOS emergency relief programme to help those affected by famine in the Tahoua region of Niger. The programme started on 10 August 2005. This is when SOS organised the first distribution of food and medical supplies to 100 families and 800 children. This part of the programme lasted for 4 months.
This phase was carried out by a relief team of SOS Children's Villages staff and local authorities, headed by Mrs Fatoumata Diallo, the national director of SOS Children's Villages Niger.
Each family was provided with a monthly ration of 100kg of millet or sorghum, 50kg of rice, a jerry can of oil and 1kg of milk, in addition to drugs against malaria and respiratory infections. The relief team had identified these families as in the greatest need in the Tahoua region. Further foodstuffs distributions followed in monthly intervals until November.
The second phase of the programme started after November 2005 and focussed providing children with stability, food and safety.