UN relief chief saddened by deaths due to cyclone in Bangladesh, India

26 May 2009

The top United Nations humanitarian official today expressed his sadness in hearing of the loss of life and property damage caused by a cyclone in Bangladesh and India.

According to media reports, Cyclone Aila has claimed over 100 lives.

In a statement, John Holmes, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, extended his condolences to the affected, and said that the UN “stands ready to assist as required.”


♦ Receive daily updates directly in your inbox - Subscribe here to a topic.
♦ Download the UN News app for your iOS or Android devices.

News Tracker: Past Stories on This Issue

Ban exhorts nations to ramp up investment in disaster risk reduction

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appealed to all nations to bolster efforts to curb disaster risk, stressing that decisive action taken now can be “one of the best investments countries can make.”