Severe storms hit Bangladesh and Bhutan

Dozens of people have been injured and 42 killed when the Nor'wester lashed through Bangladesh on 4th of April 2015. The Nor’wester, an intense type of storm that occasionally occurs in Bangladesh and adjacent parts of India, was the first severe storm in the usual spring storm season. It lashed through Dhaka, Rajshahi, Bogra, Naogaon, Natore, Pabna, Sirajganj, Chapainawabaganj, Gaibandha, Sherpur, Manikganj and Narshindi districts in Bangladesh. Bogra was the worst affected district and several people were killed by collapsing walls and falling trees.

According to sources of the district administration and hospital the picture of the damage is given below:

  • The storm death toll hits 42 across the country.
  • 1,894 families were affected by the nor’wester
  • 28,667 houses were completely damaged
  • 70,301 houses were partially damaged
  • Over 254 educational institutions were affected of which 26 institutions were fully damaged
  • 147 cattle were also killed during the storm

HOPE'87 Bangladesh, after consultation with the relevant authorities, immediately started a rapid assessment in Bogra district and will contribute to the emergency relief with food distribution and shelter construction support both for affected families, as well as to a school building in Bogra district.

In Bhutan, hundreds of houses, schools, government buildings and historic temples were destroyed within nine dzongkhags of southern Bhutan when a massive windstorm hit the country on Saturday, April 4th 2015. Roofs were blown off,  windows were broken, countless trees were felled and the wind damaged many valuable belongings and cars. The crops being grown in the fields were left damaged. The local people at the affected districts were left without proper shelter.

A relief team was set up by the government of Bhutan that is working constantly to help the victims by providing shelter, food and clothes. HOPE'87 Bhutan/Remoen supports the relief activities by contributing blankets and clothes for affected families.