Welcome to Cyclone Aila Response Page for Bangladesh. Khulna Displacement Monitoring and Returns Center, International Organization for Migration (IOM) regularly posts information and updates on Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM), Scheduled Meetings, Situation Reports, Surveys and Assessments, Maps, Photos, among others. All cluster members are encouraged to contribute information and data. This site is funded by DFID in Bangladesh.
Cyclone Aila made landfall on May 25 2009 and caused a storm surge of 3 m (10 ft) and impacted western regions of Bangladesh, submerging numerous villages. Several rivers broke through embankments, causing widespread inland flooding. Aila affected over 120,000 people in the two worst hit districts of Satkhira and Khulna, displacing a total of 76,478 families, of which 25,928 families are living in informal camp like settlements or damaged embankments. Damages are estimated to be over $40.7 million (USD).
Following a series of assessments in Cyclone Aila’s most affected regions by IOM, the UN, IFRC, NGOs as well as the Government of Bangladesh (GoB) agencies, IOM is supporting the GoB with the provision of shelter kits and Non Food Items (NFI) for 24,000 internally displaced families in Khulna Division. IOM is establishing a Displacement Tracking Matrix in order to obtain and share up to date information on the displacement situation. In agreement with the Shelter Cluster’s working group, the disbursed materials have adhered to international standards which have been adapted within the Bangladesh context, as agreed with the GoB and cluster/sector partner
IOM, with DFID’s support, has addressed some of the most immediate needs of the displaced population living along embankments as well as in and around collective centres for a period up to six months. IOM has coordinated closely with relevant agencies such as WFP, WHO, UNICEF and with the Resident Coordinator, has sought to address additional outstanding needs (health, food and sanitation) of these families through this coordination platform and its efforts. The displaced families benefiting from this project are those who live on the embankments as well as those temporarily displaced in public places in and around collective centres for whom a return to their places of residences was not an option until the dry season began and critical infrastructure has been fixed by the GoB in and around their places of origin.
IOM has now successfully completed the distribution of NFIs and shelter kits to the 24,000 families. This was the largest shelter and NFI distribution of any single agency this year. This was distributed per selection criterion that was established with the two implementing agencies of Rupantor and Prodipan in two unions in Dacope (Prodipan) and six in Koira (Rupantor).
In the second phase of its intervention, IOM is supporting the set up of a coordination platform at local level, implementing protection and counter trafficking activities as well as continuing monitoring the IDPs settlements.