KOLAPARA, southern Bangladesh, 23 November 23, 2007
In the week following the devastating cyclone that ripped through southern Bangladesh on the evening of November 15th, families are coping with surviving with what little they have. Over 3000 lives were lost in 30 districts with over 5,480,000 persons affected. Over 450,00 houses were completely destroyed with over 665,000 partially damaged.
On November 22, a Habitat for Humanity assessment team traveled to the affected areas to determine the damage, meet with the families and determine where to offer assistance for the families who lost their homes during the cyclone.
Since 1999, Habitat for Humanity has built and rehabilitated approximately 1,000 homes in Bangladesh. It operates mainly through Habitat Resource Centers and related satellite centers in local communities. Habitat was preparing to begin a disaster response program to assist 150 families who were affected by the July 2007 floods when Cyclone Sidr hit.