COAST Response for Cyclone Amphan
The center of the Cyclone Amphan pierced through India, however it left a huge impact in the coastal area of Bangladesh including high tidal surge affected by the moon. Small islands like Kutubdia in Cox’s Bazar, Dhalchar, Char Kukri Mukri, Char Patila and others in Bhola are almost submerged. The most affected districts of Bangladesh are Satkhira, Khulna and Bagerhat where it is seen that the people physically fought the cyclone to protect their lives and crops. The entire community broke into protecting and repairing the embankment even on the Eid Day and they made their Eid Prayer on the tidal water.
Just after land fall of the super cyclone Amphan on 20 May, 2020 the organization responded with relief support to 300 families with a package of rice 50 kg, potato 5 kg, 1 litre edible oil, 1 kg salt and 1 soap in Dhal Char, Char Kukrimukri, Char Patila under Charfession Upazilla and 77 families in Char Shahajalal under Lalmohan Upazilla. The distribution was completed through maintaining the physical distancing keeping in mind the COVID-19 health rules. The fund managed from COAST Disaster Mitigation Fund created from micro finance service charge.
COAST Trust, under a consortium, led by Jago Nari, has been awarded a project named “Cyclone Amphan Response in Barisal Division” supported by Start Fund Bangladesh and UK Aid. The project initiated to address the affected people that were hit by the super cyclone Amphan on 20 May 2020. It is a 45-day emergency response project dated between 26 May and 9 July 2020 and is being implanted in Bhola district covering 10 worst affected unions in four Upazilas-Bhola Sadar, Lalmohan, Charfession and Monpura. A total 1000 affected vulnerable people receive unconditional cash grant BTD 3000 along with hygiene kits so that they can prevent themselves from COVID-19 infection. The project also includes establishment of 18 hand washing devices in 9 unions, broadcast awareness messages covering COVID-19 pandemic information, engagement with community initiatives to address the adverse impact of the cyclone and distribution of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) to the committee members who are associated with the funeral process of COVID-19 infected patients. The category of 1000 program participant families, who have already received the assistance were physically challenged 20, lactating mother 153, pregnant mother 109, school going children 308, widow 100, female headed families 205 and Indigenous community household 105. Other activities are in progress.