About The Emergency
By the Numbers
Cyclone Sidr was a category 4 storm
Some 9 million people were affected by the storm
More than 3,300 people were killed
Cyclone Sidr, called “the deadliest storm to hit the country in over a decade,” devastated the south western coastal belt of Bangladesh, claiming over 3,300 lives and affecting close to 9 million people across 30 districts on Nov. 15, 2007. The government of Bangladesh estimated damages cost some $2.2 billion. The category-4 storm hit the Bangladesh coast around midnight, disabling communication systems, infrastructure, transport systems and the economy. The storm destroyed more than 1.5 million homes, 13,000 educational institutions, 2.5 million acres of crops, 4 million trees, and left 1.5 million livestock dead.
How Islamic Relief Helped
With offices already established in Bangladesh, Islamic Relief was one of the first aid agencies to respond to the crisis. Before the cyclone struck, Islamic Relief issued an early warning for surrounding communities and relief workers assisted in evacuations to cyclone shelters. After the cyclone hit, Islamic Relief immediately began conducting needs assessments and distributing emergency aid to victims. Islamic Relief’s emergency aid assistance included the following services:
- Distribution of precooked rice, molasses, candles, matches, and salt to more than 60,200 families
- Administration of medical assistance to more than 2,700 persons
- Provided long-term assistance for thousands of families that included shelter construction, livelihoods recovery, child welfare and orphan sponsorships, psychosocial support, reforestation, water and sanitation, educational institutions, and integration of disaster risk reduction with community capacity building.
Islamic Relief has worked in Bangladesh in 1991.