Mercy Corps Responds To Cyclone Sidr, Bangladesh
Responding to Cyclone Sidr in Bangladesh
Mercy Corps is working through colleague agencies to bring relief to millions of Bangladeshi families displaced by Cyclone Sidr, one of the biggest storms in decades to hit the impoverished and densely populated South Asian country.
The Category Four storm smashed into Bangladesh on Nov. 15. Its 150-mile-per-hour winds and five-foot storm surges uprooted trees, tore apart homes and left at least 3,000 people dead, according to the Bangladeshi government.
Your help is needed to help bring aid to families in coastal areas that have been hit the hardest by this disaster.
Millions who live along the Bay of Bengal are now homeless. Officials fear disease outbreaks and say food, medicine and drinking water are in short supply. Rescue efforts have been slowed by blocked roads and severed telecommunication lines.
Mercy Corps is helping colleague organizations on the ground in Bangladesh deliver much-needed assistance to what the government says are three million cyclone-affected survivors.
Mercy Corps has worked in South Asia since the mid-1980s, and currently operates development, health and youth engagement programs in India, Pakistan and Nepal. The agency responded to disastrous regional flooding in Pakistan and Nepal earlier this year, and continues to assist community recovery efforts in both countries.