Coastal areas of Bangladesh took most of the impact of tropical storm ‘Mahasen’. Many people now face having to rebuild their livelihoods following extensive flooding. We are working with development partners on a consolidated assessment of needs.
The UK worked closely with the government of Bangladesh and others to help prepare for the storm. The Comprehensive Disaster Management Programme (CDMP), which is supported by UK aid:
- Activated the Disaster Management Information Centre.
- Sent bulk text messages about the cyclone to District Commissioners, Upazila Disaster Management Committees in the coastal belt and policy makers.
- Provided regularly updated information about the storm through a dial in phone service is (in Bangladesh call 10941).
- Provided warning to people in the coastal belt, using community radio, signals and megaphones through 6500 trained and equipped cyclone preparedness volunteers.
- Put on standby 3100 urban volunteers and 120 landslide volunteers in and around Chittagong and Cox’s Bazaar.
- Provided technical expertise to help the Bangladesh Meteorological Department analyse and forecast the movement of ‘Mahasen’.
BBC Media in Action also used UK aid funding to help the government, media and humanitarian agencies produce and disseminate lifesaving messages to people living in areas that were likely to be affected.