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  • Updated: Cyclone in Bangladesh (3000 dead)

    by Sunny
    17th November, 2007 at 4:21 am    

    I know it’s the weekend but this needs flagging up. Over 1000 3000 people are now feared dead in Bangladesh after a cyclone hit the country earlier this week. It could have been much worse, the last cyclone of similar strength caused much more damage.
    Blogger Rezwanul has been doing his best to cover this calamity. Mash has a few heart-felt words on blogging about Bangladesh. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is reporting on work they’ve been doing out there and you can donate to them (via).

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    1. Sid — on 17th November, 2007 at 11:52 am  

      From a friend:

      As the news has started to trickle down from the southern part of Bangladesh, things are not looking very good. The loss of life, although limited compared to the past two big cyclones, the damages to property and people’s livelihood. Sometimes you have to wonder why our country can never get a break. Yet, we fight on and move ahead. This time it may not be so easy for the millions of people in Southern Bangladesh. Spare a thought for the villagers we rehabilitated in Annadaprasad in Bhola. God knows where are they now.

      Please pull in your resources to the best you can to donate and mobilize public opinion.

      * I will host a page in DP with links to various organizations raising funds from Sidr.

      * You can also send your check to Drishtipat, added benefit will be that, if you have corporate matching, program. This is time to pull in your resources.

      * You can help by mass publicizing and also alerting people in the western media. Thanks Dia. It is important to alert the world media as much as possible because that will bring in the aid and international response. Dia from Drishtipat NY is helping CNN reporter to get to the affected.

      * Red Cross will be on top my list until more credible deshi organizations come with strong organizing power come on board with their plan.

      * Folks in PAB, Drishtipat Chicago has a lot of warm komols for donation, if that can be arranged to be distributed, we can look at trying to send this out.

      * If you work in a corporation, tell your colleagues, see if there is a matching donation program at your company to double your donation.

      * If you are a student, see if you work with your student association to plan a fund raising.

      * Update your activity at http://www.drishtipat.org/blog/2007/11/16/cyclone-sidr-hits-bangladesh-the-day-after/ for wider publicity.

      Take a look at these pics

      Donation link thanks to Nadia…

      Bangladesh Red Crescent Society
      http://www.bdrcs.org/modul es.php?name=Content&pa=showpage&pid=5

      Save the Children – US

      International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
      http://www.ifrc.org/Docs/N ews/07/07111602/index.asp

    2. Rumbold — on 17th November, 2007 at 11:56 am  

      It is all just so depressing.

    3. sonia — on 17th November, 2007 at 3:49 pm  

      yep cyclones/tornados/etc. are bad enough, when they happen in poor countries like bangladesh its even more tragic.

    4. AsifB — on 17th November, 2007 at 8:47 pm  

      Sid, thank you for the giving suggestions.

      I’ve spoken to someone in Barisal and in some places this storm was truly scary.

      On the brighter side, and I think this is really important for anyone who does not want to see climate change politics hijacked by the wealthier landowning side of the green movement - a lot less people died than would have died in the past…(over half a million around Bhola in 1970 and over 100000 people in 1991 notably)

      In its own way some things in Bangladesh have got better in terms of warning, transport and shelter systems - it’s nowhere near adequate to compensate the poor who as Sonia says are the one’s who always suffer the most - but it shows what can be done as countries modernise.

      Remember short of the apocalyptic end of the spectrum, most climate change consequnces are basically about having the resources to adpat to more extreme weather - ie; we already know the people of places like Bangladesh are very resilient, but to further decrease sufferring they need to be richer as well. (something that some parts of the green movement, reaching for coded language about population, don’t seem to care about so much)

    5. FUNKG — on 17th November, 2007 at 10:20 pm  

      Its a weekend open thread, so I thought that I would post this story again. I know that people are attacked and die everyday, but there has not been much mention of this shameful episode.

      A family petrol bombed twice in one year say they have been driven from their Carshalton home by racist thugs.

      The final straw for the terrified Patels came on November 6 when their newsagent and home in Durand Close was attacked by arsonists. Shakuntal and Suresh’s 20-year-old son was home alone at the time.

      “I had been sitting upstairs watching TV,” said Kirtan Patel. “It was about 9.30pm when I heard a big bang.

      “It moved the sofa and the TV.

      “I ran out to the front and the shutters downstairs were moving in and out, and then I just saw big flames. It was like an earthquake, and then I jumped from the balcony.”

      The fire gutted the newsagent, ruining thousands of pounds of stock and rendering their home uninhabitable.

      In the past seven years the family have suffered ongoing racist abuse.

      It is the latest racist incident in Carshalton in recent months.

      In August, Deepshikha Sathyanarayanan said she was leaving the town because racists were making her life a living hell.

      “We’ve had problems from the beginning,” said the Patel’s elder son Nish, 30. “It ranges from petty things like eggs being thrown at our windows, so we have to put curtains on the outside to protect them and then once they scrawled Paki go home’ on mum’s car.

      “I ran out to the front and the shutters downstairs were moving in and out, and then I just saw big flames. It was like an earthquake, and then I jumped from the balcony.”
      Kirtan Patel

      “One of our workers was beaten up in the shop and he left. It’s difficult to even keep staff.

      “We called the police and while they were here someone petrol bombed my mum’s brand new car, right outside the shop.”

      At the time police removed the family for their own safety, but Nish said he never thought it would get this bad.

      “I couldn’t believe it. I’ve told my parents not to come back. We are worried for their safety more than anyone else.”

      Mrs Patel said despite ploughing most of their money into the business she was intent on leaving Carshalton.

      Chief Inspector Dave Gair from Sutton police said the incident was being treated as “critical”, but that no arrests had been made.

      Anyone with information can call Sutton CID on 020 8649 0777 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

    6. Kismet Hardy — on 19th November, 2007 at 12:15 pm  

      As someone that grew up rich in Bangladesh (we owned tea estates so lived high up in every sense) I’m horribly, horribly ashamed to realise that I’ve been hearing of floods and cyclones back home over the years and just shrugged. When you grow up asking your mum what happenned to one of our servant girls and she tells you ‘oh she died in the flood’, it kind of hardens you to the inevitability of it all.

      But I’m going to make ammends. Sid, thanks for the links. I’m going to donate what I can and burn my blinkers once and for all

    7. retro — on 20th November, 2007 at 2:56 am  

      It’s a shame what happened to Bangladesh. I hope the world steps up and helps them.

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