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Cylcone Mora: UN stands ready to scale up support to Government-led response efforts in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh

30 May 2017
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The after effects of Tropical Cyclone Mora, in the Bay of Bengal, is being felt across the flood and landslide affected areas. The UN Secretary-General is deeply concerned by the devastating impact caused by the cyclone on both Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. The Cyclone has brought flooding and landslides to various provinces and affected tens of thousands of people in both countries.

In Sri Lanka, according to the Government, initial estimates indicate that 194 people have died, 99 more remain missing, and over 80,000 people have been displaced to safe areas. Furthermore, about 1,400 houses have been destroyed and over 7,000 homes partially damaged.

Substantial damage to the infrastructure was also reported. 16 hospitals had to be fully or partially evacuated due to the risk of flooding or landslide, particularly because additional rains are forecasted.

The Government, with the support of the UN, NGOs, local partner organizations and Member States has launched a response to the flooding. This includes the provision of emergency relief goods (tents, plastic sheets, sleeping pads), vital health services, clean water and food and nutrition. 

In Bangladesh, as of yesterday, cyclone Mora had made landfall between Cox's Bazar and Chittagong. Authorities have immediately opened 538 cyclone shelters and the district administration has requested people to seek safe shelter. They have also secured cash and food assistance for the cyclone-prone districts including Chittagong and Cox’s Bazar.