Emergency alert: Cyclone Amphan

Cyclone Amphan Hits Bangladesh and India.
Vulnerable families are fleeing the cyclone,
while facing the threat of COVID-19.

WHAT HAPPENED?


On May 20th, Cyclone Amphan the strongest storm ever recorded in the Bay of Bengal made landfall in some of the poorest areas of Bangladesh and India, producing winds as high as 165 mph and forcing nearly 3 million people to evacuate from their homes. 

We don’t know the full extent of the damage yet, but with expected storm surges as high as 10 – 15 feet, the cyclone will have a devastating impact on countless families. It is likely that many people will lose their lives, and millions may lose their homes and livelihoods.

Both India and Bangladesh are already dealing with coronavirus outbreaks.

Overcrowded evacuation centers could become a hotbed for the virus, increasing the spread of the disease in an area where there is already a lack of clean water, health care and resilient housing.

Families will urgently need shelter to maintain social distancing and to minimize their exposure to coronavirus.

Without urgent, effective action, lives could be lost on a huge scale.

HOW DOES SHELTER SAVE LIVES DURING COVID-19?


COVID-19 is a deadly risk for vulnerable families who have lost their homes. But shelter can save lives by:

  • Helping families to self-isolate and stay as healthy as possible 
  • Helping to adapt or expand a vulnerable family’s home to ease overcrowding and allow social distancing 
  • Helping people move from evacuation centers where families live close together 
  • Helping to reduce sharing of essential household items between families 

By slowing the spread of the virus, shelter can save lives. You can give people shelter by supporting us today. 

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