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Impact on Local community On November 15, 2007, the SIDR cyclone hit the coast of south-west Bangladesh with winds of up to 240 km per hour. Since then, more than 8.9 million people had been directly affected by the cyclone which caused extensive damages to houses, water and sanitation infrastructures, harvests, food stocks and livelihoods, also killing livestock and destroying fishing material and other income generating assets. Cyclone Sidr and two preceding floods resulted in at least 4,400 deaths disrupting the lives of millions of people in some of the poorest and most vulnerable areas of the country. Damaged roads made access to the affected areas almost impossible, and with the communications and utility services yet to be restored fully, aid workers and rescuers struggled to reach survivors in most of the affected areas. The government deployed naval ships, aircraft, and helicopters to reinforce the rescue and relief operation. Thousands of trained volunteers were active in the situation. Some 200,000 people living in the coastal zone were evacuated to safer places such as cyclone shelters, high-rise buildings and public and private houses. Over 70,000 families (approximate 350,000 people) have been assisted with relief food and non-food items; the distribution of oral rehydration salts (ORS) packets and health education (with special focus on usage of ORS)
2. Impact on Regional Business (already happened) The four districts most severely affected are Bagerhat, Barguna, Patuakhali and Pirojpur. The cyclone also reportedly caused the contamination of many drinking water sources, killed thousands of livestock and destroyed an estimated 1.7 million acres of crops. Furthermore, the cyclone resulted in extensive damage to other infrastructures, including
many assets will depreciate quickly. Barguna. than the situation may have become much worse because the cyclone reportedly caused the contamination of many drinking water sources. is trying to build better relationships with all stakeholders by paying closer attention to how to fulfill its social.500 houses completely destroyed. human bodies and/or dead animal carcasses.educational institutes. Recommendation Impact The estimated death and destruction caused by the cyclonic storm Sidr. The affected people are desperately in need of immediate relief in terms of food. clothing and shelter. With many roads impassable and communications and utility services yet to be restored fully. 3. CSR practice allows the bank to align its operations with standards and expectations that are increasingly important to its shareholders. with a total of 2. environmental and ethical responsibilities. when a cyclone and storm surge killed around 140. where more than 349. Aid workers and rescuers continue to face challenges in reaching a number of affected areas. a large majority remain without a proper roof over their heads. causing widespread power and telecommunication disruptions. clothing and shelter. 5. as well as electricity and telecommunication transmission lines/facilities. customers and communities where it operates. as well as electricity and telecommunication transmission lines/facilities. The affected people are desperately in need of immediate relief in terms of food.328 people dead and 8. potable water.000 people. The four worst-hit districts are Bagerhat. Furthermore. many water sources have been contaminated by salt water. killed thousands of livestock and destroyed an estimated 1. 4. through its CSR activities. A total of 871 people are still reported missing. communication with and access to the affected areas remain difficult or limited. employees. Impact on Regional Business is SIDR (may happen more if no action is taken) If no action is taken in Sidr hit.618 lives lost and over 119. including a number of more remote chars. A number of acute diarrhea cases have already been reported. potable water.7 million acres of crops. Patuakhali and Pirojpur. The disaster is the worst in the impoverished country of 140 million since 1991. including educational institutes. The latest figures (as of 7 December 2007) given by the Bangladesh government’s Disaster Management Information Centre (Ministry of Food and Disaster Management) stood at 3. an increase from the figures reported in the previous operations update. the cyclone resulted in extensive damage to other infrastructures. which hit the south-western coast of Bangladesh on 15 November 2007. causing widespread power and telecommunication disruptions. Damages are .800 families are affected. economic. If these needs are not being fulfilled on time than many people will die for starvation and decease. is rising. BRAC Bank’s CSR objectives BRAC Bank. The lack of safe drinking water is raising serious concerns of a possible major diarrhoea outbreak. roads and bridges. Although many of them currently live in shelter houses.7 million people affected. roads and bridges. In addition.
5 million acres of crops damaged. Those who have in need of money to start again there life like build houses or buy livestock’s need to receive loan on 0% interest. was observed mainly because of the cyclone ‘Sidr’.7 million). Year CSR expenditure (Million Taka) 2007 226.also severe with 1. . they should receive financial benefits.5 million houses damaged (completely/partially) and approximately 2. But here Government supports are needed to do this successfully. Action Points Goal of the operation: The overall goal of the BRAC Bank should be restore the lives and basic living conditions of communities affected by the Cyclone SIDR disaster. large concentration in the field of disaster relief (around 127. both in participation and expenditure wise.4 In the year 2007. Relief The component of the relief operation aims to provide immediate and short-term relief of the most vulnerable cyclone affected households in the nine targeted districts. Loans: Those who have taken loans from BRAC Bank and can not pay back for the cause of disaster.
Livelihood Objective: To protect the food security and livelihoods up to 30.ifrc.215. Objective (Non-Food): To cope in a post situation of devastating cyclone of nine districts. Bagerhat. thus supporting them to focus on sustaining their lives. promotive and curative health care) for two months.000 beneficiaries) among cyclone-affected population is improved by providing basic health care (preventive.000 most vulnerable cyclone-affected families who lost their houses in Barguna.org www. • Training for existing health and related staff in hygiene promotion to target 10.com www. Targeted families should receive tools. Sources: www. Pirojpur and Patuakhali and Khulna All these efforts can not be successful without the help of the Government.org .bangladesh-bank.000 households for one year.Food and Non-Food Items Objective (Food): Objective: Immediate needs on food rations for cyclone-affected families in the south coastal lines should be met by the effort of international and domestic assistance within the first three months.000 households. Bagerhat and Patuakhali districts are living in a basic shelter within one year of the project. • Provide hygiene kit to 100.000 of the most vulnerable people affected in the districts of Barguna.bracbank. materials and support to build a basic shelter.Than hopefully the affected people will become self-sufficient to back themselves. distribution of nonfood items shall be made along with food items for cyclone-affected families to meet their basic needs within the first three months. Health Objective: The health status of 243. These activities should be well continued for first 8 to 12 months . Water and sanitation Objective: The risk of water-borne and water-related diseases has been reduced through provision of sustainable water purification means and water containers for 100.000 trained people. Shelter Objective 1: 5.000 families (1. Pirojpur.