AMDA Emergency Relief Bulletin I: Cyclone Aila in Bangladesh
On May 25th '09, Cyclone Aila hit southern coast of Bangladesh and northeastern India. According to the govt. of Bangladesh as of May 28th '09, Aila has caused the loss of 147 lives and wounded 6,551 people in Bangladesh. The affected population has topped 3,694,874 and 545,226 houses have been destroyed in 14 affected districts in southern coast of Bangladesh.
On May 29th '09 AMDA Headquarters decided to dispatch an emergency relief team including two coordinators and one medical assistant from AMDA Bangladesh (two members are present in the above picture).
AMDA Bangladesh team procured relief goods in Dhaka and left for Barguna District (one of 14 affected districts) on May 31st '09. AMDA team will start emergency relief activities on Jun. 1st '09 after meeting with local authorities of Barguna district. The planned activities of AMDA team are 1) to provide water purifying tablets for preventive measure in primary health care, 2) to dispense essential drugs (ORS, Analgesic, Metronidazole, Mebendazole, skin care, and etc.), and 3) to distribute dry foods and non-food items (clothes, candle, matches, and etc.).
Besides the emergency relief activities, the team will conduct a need assessment of affected areas in order to explore the possibility of further supports during the resettlement and rehabilitation stages.