Bangladesh Cyclone Roanu

Badly-hit communities urgently need shelter, water, food and hygiene supplies

On Saturday 21 May, Cyclone Roanu battered Bangladesh's southern coastline, forcing 500,000 people from their homes. 

Torrential rains, floods and landslides killed 24 people, left over 200 injured and damaged nearly 85,000 homes, as water submerged houses, cut off roads, destroyed crops and uprooted trees.

Badly-hit communities urgently need shelter, clean water, food rations, sanitation supplies and other essential relief items. 

How we're responding

Immediately after the cyclone we released an initial £25,000 to help our partners on the ground respond to people's urgent needs.

We have now begun to lead a £250,000 joint humanitarian response, working alongside two other relief agencies, Oxfam GB and Concern Worldwide. We are assisting 22,500 of the worst-affected people, including pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers, the elderly and those with disabilities.*

Bangladesh and Christian Aid Week

Bangladesh was the focal country for this year's Christian Aid Week (15-21 May). The low-lying nation is among the world's most disaster-prone countries, and one of the most vulnerable to climate change. It suffers from extreme temperatures, erratic rainfall, and an increasing number of floods, cyclones and droughts.

During Christian Aid Week, we highlighted how these natural disasters are leaving poor communities in a precarious position, and without food or shelter.

We want to show our love to every neighbour, and make sure people in Bangladesh - and elsewhere - have a safe place to call home.

Donate to our Christian Aid Week appeal to lift our global neighbours, like those in Bangladesh, to safety.

Your donations are providing:
Food icon – bowl of food with cutlery


Water icon – water droplet


Shelter icon – a house


Hygiene kit icon - toothbrush, toothpaste, soap

Hygiene kits

to 4,500 households
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Cash and vouchers

Grants of BDT 4,400 (approximately £38) to 4,500 households

How we work in an emergency

We're based in countries affected by disasters so we can be there before, during and after an emergency to save lives and support people long term. Through our work with local organisations in these countries, we can talk directly to the people affected to provide the most useful emergency response.  

Find out more about our approach

*This joint project is financed by the Start Fund. The fund is run by the Start Network: a consortium of 24 NGOs, including Christian Aid, who work together to facilitate rapid responses to humanitarian crises. 

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