Post-cyclone situation in Bangladesh much worse than understood – UN agencies

The humanitarian situation in Bangladesh in the wake of last month’s devastating Cyclone Sidr is much worse than previously understood, United Nations aid agencies said today after revising their estimates of the number of people affected and the scale of the damage to homes and other infrastructure.

UN food agency plans 6-month emergency operation in Bangladesh

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced a $52 million, six-month plan to provide emergency aid to 2.2 million Bangladeshis affected by the recent cyclone.

UNESCO heritage assessment mission to head to Bangladesh after cyclone

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced today that it is sending a mission of experts next week to Bangladesh to assess how to help local authorities protect the country’s heritage in the wake of this month’s devastating cyclone.

More than a million lives threatened as cyclones, heavy rains pummel southern Africa

Southern African communities, local authorities and humanitarian partners are finding their resources stretched to the limit with the early arrival of the rainy season and relentless precipitation as well as an unprecedented series of cyclones and tropical storms, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today.