AMDA Emergency Relief Bulletin III: 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 Jun. 7th '09, Aila has caused the loss of 190 lives and wounded 7,103 people in Bangladesh. The Cyclone affected 14 districts in the south coast and left about 4.8 million people affected and about 0.6 million houses/huts destroyed. The AMDA Bangladesh team started its medical activities right after their arrival in Chaliatoli village on Jun. 1st '09. On the 2nd of June the team conducted relief activity at Falishatoli village and Urgunia village; on the 3rd and 4th of June relief work was conducted in Jhenaibaria village, Bashuki village respectively. The team provided medical services (1) at AMDA door-to-door mobile clinic and (2) at Cyclone shelters set up by the government. In total AMDA team treated about 605 patients in all five villages. Most of the diagnoses were related to physical injury, body ache, pneumonia, fever, common cold and a few cases of Diarrhea. About 20% of the patients were male, 50% of them were female and the rest 30% were children.
AMDA relief team also distributed 8,000 packets of ORS, 12,275 water purifying tablets, 1,200 packets of biscuits and 100 pieces of cloths in total to about 2,275 people.
Finally AMDA Bangladesh team concluded their emergency relief activities Jun. 4th '09 after conducting a need assessment for further assistance.