Nov 07
Bangladesh Cyclone Death Toll Will Exceed 1,000 (Update1)

Nov. 17 (Bloomberg) -- Bangladeshi officials say more than 1,000 people may be dead after Tropical Cyclone Sidr flattened homes and flooded low-lying regions in the nation's southwest.

The official toll from the storm stands at 612 and ``will rise today because information from 20 districts is expected,'' said Mohammad Abu Sadeque, a director at country's Disaster Management Bureau. Thousands more bodies may be found in coming days, Agence France-Presse reported, citing bureau deputy head Shekhar Chandra Das in the capital, Dhaka.

The cyclone, with 250-kilometer-an hour (155 mile) winds, swept in from the Bay of Bengal, crossing the Khulna-Barisal coast late Nov. 15 before weakening as it moved inland toward northeast India. Power has been restored in Dhaka, the capital, though telecommunications links with some districts remain cut and many roads and bridges have been destroyed, Sadeque said.

The Rome-based World Food Program is rushing food to Bangladesh and the UN is prepared to make several million dollars available to the government from its emergency relief fund. The European Union released 1.5 million euros ($2.2 million) in relief aid for Bangladesh, commission spokesman John Clancy said yesterday.

Two U.S. Navy amphibious assault ships, the USS Essex and USS Kearsarge, each carrying helicopters, hovercraft and equipped with hospital facilities, have been dispatched, pending a formal request for help from the Bangladesh authorities, said Major David Griesmer, spokesman for the U.S. Pacific Command in Hawaii. More ships may be made available once Bangladeshi officials know what they need, he said.


The two vessels have ``the capabilities that we think will prove to be the most useful,'' he said. ``It may take several days for the government to work out what it really needs.''

In the hardest-hit areas along the coast, more than 20,000 homes were destroyed, the UN said. About 3.2 million people fled to higher ground or went to shelters.

``Damage will be extremely severe,'' John Holmes, the UN's coordinator of emergency relief, told reporters in New York yesterday. ``The entire country has been affected. The main needs will be for food, shelter and health care.''

Bangladesh and northeastern India are regularly hit by cyclones that form in the bay, bringing flooding and devastation to local communities.

Warning systems and shelters built since then should have limited casualties from Sidr, similar in strength to a 1991 cyclone estimated to have killed 138,000 people, AFP said, citing Samarendra Karmakar, head of the Bangladesh Meteorological Department.

Storm Surge

Sidr brought a storm surge as high as 6 meters (20 feet) to one of the most low-lying areas on the planet. The storm was 500 kilometers wide before coming to shore.

U.S. and other foreign organizations that have worked on relief projects for years in Bangladesh moved about 30,000 emergency survival packs into areas facing the cyclone before it arrived, the State Department said in a statement.

``We're ready to work with the government and foreign donors to assist in relieving the effects of the disaster,'' State Department spokesman Sean McCormack told reporters in Washington yesterday. ``We're now working with the Bangladeshi government to assess what the needs are.''



As notícias em Português:




Esta é a notícia avançada pela Bloomberg, todavia o que mais me impressiona é o facto das nossas televisões portuguesas não terem feito grande caso sobre este assunto. Tenho a certeza que seria tudo diferente se isto tivesse  acontecido num dos países desenvolvidos. Parece que existe uma ignorância perante tudo o que acontece lá, parece que os seres de lá são inferiores aos de cá. Parece que não existe liberdade, não existe igualdade. Enquanto que um acontecimento deste género ficaria para a história se fosse aqui em Portugal, Espanha, ou França...Não deveria ser assim também neste caso?

Eu deveria mesmo falar em "deficiência na informação".


Espero que o número de mortes não se agrave muito mais. Acho que se vive ma autêntica crise humanitária e de fome neste país. Esperemos que as ajudas cheguem o mais rapidamente possível.

Salams, IslamNET.eu

Novembro 2007






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