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Thursday, 22 November 2007
Ahmed Swapan Mahmud from Dhaka reports on the Bangladesh cyclone
Mood:  sad
Topic: globalWarming

Picture: Ahmed Swapan Mahmud, of Voice Dhaka with Dr Antonio Castillo of University of Western Sydney at OurMedia conference at University of Technology Sydney in April 2007.  Ahmed was sponsored to attend by the conference organisers.

Sent: Thursday, November 22, 2007 5:21 PM
Subject: Sydr hits Bangladesh

Dear Tom,

Greetings from Voice, Dhaka. And hope you are fine.

It's after a long time again just to inform you and seek your cooperation, if any, for the victims of Sydr.

You might know that the monster Sidr one of the strongest cyclones
devastated at least 23 districts of the southern costal part of
Bangladesh last Friday on 16 November. Packing winds over 220 km an
hour, the cyclone demolished houses, crops, trees and shrimp firms
along its trail of devastation over an area of thousands of square

The death toll rose around 4000 while around 3000 people are missing, and 10000 persons are injured.

141 upazilas and 1,119 unions have been affected in the southern region of Bangladesh.The total number of affected families stands at 10.54 lac, representing 40.83 lac individuals.

Crops on 29,374 acres of land have been completely destroyed and on
8,55,525 acres have been damaged partially, according to the
government assessment. The number of completely destroyed houses
stood at 3,00,511 yesterday and the number of partially damaged
houses was 6,26,000. Besides, 3,84,000 trees have been damaged. Some
792 educational institutions have been completely destroyed and
4,393 were partly damaged. Embankments of about 57 kilometers (km)
of length have been damaged, and 58 km of road has been destroyed
completely while 87,948 km of road has been partly damaged.

Spread of diarrhoea and other water-borne diseases and acute water
crisis are the two main problems chasing the survivors. Safe
drinking water has become a major concern because the cyclone has
damaged the tube wells. Sweet water ponds have become saline, as the
tidal surge that swept through the area came from the bay. The tidal
wave entered more than 35 kilometers into the mainland. People are living with untold miseries having no food, shelter, water, medicine.

We feel we all should come forward to support the victims.

Keep fine and stay in touch.

Best regards,


Ahmed Swapan Mahmud
Executive Director
House 67, Level-5, Block-Ka
Pisciculture Housing Society
Shyamoli, Dhaka-1207
Tel : 88-02-8158688
E-mail : info@voicebd.org
Web : www.voicebd.org

              A man sits on a dead cow as he collects cattle corpses from a canal in Taful of Bagherhat district on the south coast of Bangladesh, 17 November 2007, two days after a strong cyclone devastated the southern coastal area of the country. Two boys were among a handful of children to survive on Majher Char island after their cousin tied them to a palm tree as the cyclone roared overhead.  Around 70 children lived on the island and most died in the storm.               Photo:Jewel Samad/AFP
Picture: Man sitting on dead cow after the cyclone, taken from the international press.

Posted by editor at 5:44 PM EADT
Updated: Thursday, 22 November 2007 6:43 PM EADT

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