The cyclone Mahasen hit the Southeastern coast region of Bangladesh and Burma yesterday (Thurs). The Austrian non-profit initiative HOPE’87 is currently doing its best to ensure the supply of the evacuated people from the affected regions.
Cyclones, which are tropical thunderstorms in the Indian Ocean and in parts of the Pacific, are very common in Bangladesh and Burma.
The cyclone Mahasen led to massive damages and widespread power failure in the region. The district of Bhola was completely isolated yesterday morning. The regions, which are directly on the coast, were flooded completely.
The majority of the houses was severely damaged or completely destroyed. More than 150,000 people had been evacuated beforehand and had been taken to state refugee camps.
The situation in the camps in the district of Chittagong, which was hit very hard, is particularly difficult as there is a lack of food and drinking water. International aid organisations are in the camps in order to distribute the supplies.
However, these supplies are not at all sufficient for the huge number of refugees. HOPE’87, which has been operating a country office in Dhaka, Bangladesh, for 25 years, is working together with its partner organisations in order to ensure the supply of food and drinking water in the camps.
If you want to support the activities of HOPE’87 in Bangladesh, you can donate to the following account with the keyword “Bangladesh Cyclone Mahasen”. As HOPE’87 bears the Donation Seal of Quality, the donations are tax-deductible.
Bank für Arbeit und Wirtschaft (BAWAG) Wien
IBAN AT31 1400 0046 1066 5298
For more information on the initiative see: www.hope87.at.