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Rehabilitation of ROANU effected people

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Start project:
  • 2016
Donors:
  • Kerk in Actie
Partners:
  • Community Development Centre

Its a rehabilitation effort to support ICCO's beneficiaries those who affected by a cyclone ROANU in May 2016. Most of the beneficiaries lost their crops during the disaster. This project will support them to practice resilient livelihood options.

Tropical storm Roanu made landfall in the southern coastal region of Bangladesh on 21st May 2016. The storm brought heavy rain, winds of over 100km/h, and storm surges peaking at 2.7 metres. Eighteen (18) coastal districts were affected and among them, seven (7) severely: Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar, Bhola, Barguna, Lakshmipur, Noakhali and Patuakhali. National early warning systems were activated and 500,000 people were evacuated by national authorities to cyclone shelters prior Roanu’s landfall.

The cyclone destroyed houses, uprooted trees and breached embankments. Villages were flooded, fisheries swept away and power supply was interrupted. Within 24 hours, most of the evacuated returned to their homes.

However, 1.3 million were directly affected by the cyclone’s impact that took the life of 27 persons (15 men and 12 women). Moreover, more than 100 primary schools and Madrassas were damaged due to waterlogging, strong winds and falling trees.

The selection of Upazilas to be assessed during the JNA was based on triangulating key information on the impact of Roanu; Upazilas identified as affected by the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) of the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief (MoDMR), those affected by wind speeds of over 102km/hour and those mentioned in media reports. Using these criteria, 37 Upazilas in seven (7) districts were considered to be the most affected and then selected.

Across seven (7) districts of southern Bangladesh 1.3 million people have been affected by cyclone and associated monsoon rains.

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Rojina bounce back to her norma

Rojina Akter (35) is an inhabitant of South Amtoli village under Amtoli Sadar union of Amtoli Upazila. Her husband's name is Abul Hawlader, who is a day labourer by his occupation. On 21, 2016 ROANU made landfall in the coastal region on southern Bangladesh at midday. The cyclone affected 1.3 million people with 27 confirmed dead. The cyclone brought heavy rain, winds over 100 kilometres per hour and storm surges peaking at 2.7 meters. At least seven coastal districts were affected, over 500000 people were evacuated to safer shelter and more than 75000 houses were damaged. Rojina Akter is one of them who lost their houses and necessary belongings during cyclone ROANU's landfall. She is still fighting against that loss. After cyclone ROANU's strike, she became homeless and took shelter at her neighbour house. With a great hard shipment six months ago she builds a house with straw covering. But during this rainy season, she faced great difficulties when rainwater entered her house. She, along with her family she passed their days with the worst experiences. Rojina Akter became a beneficiary of CODEC-SMART ROANU project during the baseline survey from the project's side. She received aluminium tin support from ROANU project. With this support she got new hope of oxygen at her life leading. She builds a new house on her land. In this process, she took a loan from the local microcredit organization. She is very happy to CODEC-SMART ROANU project because she was homeless and lived other's house. But this project gave her relief from the untold sufferings. Now she is living at her own house with her family.

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