Emergency Shelter Provided as Storms Hit Bangladesh

World Vision reports on the efforts made to assist those in Bangladesh affected by the Tropical Cyclone Mahasen.

Milton Keynes, United Kingdom, May 27, 2013 --(PR.com)-- The side effects of Tropical Cyclone Mahasen have forced over a thousand people, children included, to seek refuge in emergency shelters provided by World Vision as tropical storms batter the coastline of Bangladesh.

The emergency shelters will help provide families somewhere safe to stay during the worst of the storm, safe in the knowledge that food and medical assistance will be present.

World Vision arranged for 84 staff and 880 volunteers to be called upon if needed with 4,200 survival packs also ready to help those affected.

Having started in the Bay of Bengal, the storm hit the Bangladesh coastline on Thursday morning travelling over a thousand miles in the process.

Fortunately the storm was not as strong as initially feared never the less the precautionary steps taken ensured countless lives were saved. Helping move people out of the disaster areas is vitally important and reinforces why staff and volunteers are so vital in ensuring this happens.

The latest reports imply most have left the World Vision shelters and it is suggested up to 1,150 people made use of them.

The Director of Humanitarian Emergency Affairs at World Vision Bangladesh, Wilfred Sikukula, said: “We've deployed staff and volunteers on the ground to mobilise a quick response. Medical teams are ready for the community at five shelters.

“We’re working with other agencies to complete a joint needs assessment.”

Elsewhere, fears the cyclone would cause destruction to Myanmar were eased as it passed to the west of the country with World Vision staff reporting only heavy rain and thunderstorms.

With natural disasters a very real threat to Asia and the Pacific region, World Vision recognises the importance of disaster management programming and in particular disaster risk reduction which involves prevention, mitigation and preparedness. Through these proactive steps World Vision aims to limit the devastation caused by natural disasters by preparing assistance before the onset of the event.
World Vision UK
Chris Weeks