On November 15, Cyclone Sidr tore through southern Bangladesh. Powerful winds, rain, and storm surges have wreaked enormous destruction on the coast, and the death toll is mounting daily. Damage to homes, crops, livestock, and infrastructure is likely to be severe and to affect more than three million people.
In advance of the cyclone, around 1,000 volunteers from Oxfam's partner organizations in Bangladesh helped evacuate villagers whose homes were in the path of the storm. We now have teams on the ground and are coordinating closely with our partner organizations and the government of Bangladesh to ensure that Oxfam resources are directed to where they are most needed. Our immediate focus will be helping more than 80,000 people in the hard-hit districts of Daerhat, Pirojpur, Barguna and Patuakhali meet their basic needs for food, water, shelter, and sanitation.