Global Disasters/ Significant Events – May 23, 2016
Posted by feww on May 23, 2016
Tropical Storm ROANU displaces more than 1.3 million in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka
More than 1 million people have been evacuated in Bangladesh following the devastation caused by Tropical Storm ROANU.
The storm made landfall in Bangladesh on 21 May, killing dozens of people and destroying or damaging about 100,000 houses across 15 districts. The Chittagong, Noakhali, Lakshmipur and Chandpur districts being among the worst hit, said the Bangladeshi Department of Disaster Management.
Floods and landslides triggered by Tropical Storm ROANU have affected 400,000 people across Sri Lanka, since May 15.
The storm related disasters have killed about 90, and left 116 others missing. The floods have displaced about 300,000 people. “The majority of the displaced are in Colombo and Gampaha districts. Water, sanitation and hygiene, health, shelter and food have been identified as priorities.” OCHA reported.
Continuous heavy rainfall and storm surges on 15 islands have damaged/destroyed homes and properties.
All four island states of Micronesia remain under States of Emergency due to severe drought which continues to affect 100,000 people. Yap and the Chuuk Northwest region are the worst affected. The Government reports that food security for the outlying islands is a serious concern with saltwater intrusion destroying taro patches, the main staple crop. Yap State is currently providing food assistance to residents of the outlying islands. [UN OCHA]
Despite recent rainfall, an estimated 21,000 people remain severely affected by El Niño-induced drought across the Marshall Islands. Food baskets are being prepared for distribution to people in the outer islands. An outbreak of conjunctivitis or pinkeye (inflammation of the eye) was also reported in Majuro.
Health officials have linked the outbreak to the limited water available for handwashing. [UN OCHA]