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Update on Save the Children's reponse to the Nor'wester Cyclonic storm
Save the Children was the among the first to mount an immediate response after Nor’wester struck the area. As of 20th April,
742 families have received relief support till date by Save the Children in Araria (492) and Supaul (250).
328 Cyclone affected family received temporary shelter and Hygiene kit support in Araria and Supaul.
The villages that were covered for immediate relief distributions are: Baijnathpur Rehi Tola , Baijnathpur, Mandir Tola, Sarbaha, Bangali Tola and Khuntaha
500 kitchen utensils has been despatched from Patna and will reach Raniganj on 22nd April.
In Araria, people are utilising the Tarpaulin sheet, Mosquito nets to mitigate negative impacts of blazing heat and mosquito bites.
500 households received relief support in Methia, Baija, Daparakha, Bishanpur, Hemantganj, Sripur,Barahkhurwa and Harinagar Musahrini in Supaul.
Nor’wester Cyclonic Storm in Bihar, Bengal and Assam
- 120 killed as Nor’wester storm struck Bihar, Bengal and Assam rendering thousands homeless on the night of 13th April 2010 (2315 hours which lasted for nearly 30 minutes).
- Save the Children team has undertaken Rapid Assessment in the affected areas and in addition, is closely working with Inter Agency for multi-sectoral rapid assessment.
A sudden, violent tropical storm mauled east Bihar late on Tuesday night, killing 120 people, besides rendering thousands homeless.
Government sources said the Nor'wester, which also ripped through the North Dinajpur district in West Bengal killing 39 people there, severely hit Purnia, Araria, Katihar, Kishanganj and Supaul districts of Eastern Bihar around 11 p.m. on Tuesday. According to PTI reports, four persons were killed in Dhubri district of Assam.
The Nor'wester that struck the region with a wind speed of over 120 km an hour lasted half an hour, devastating four blocks of the district and affecting more than a lakh families. Although no alert for a storm of such magnitude was given by the Regional Meteorological Department on Tuesday, rain or thunderstorms had been predicted for the next 24 hours.
At least 39 people were killed and over 100 injured when the storm wreaked havocin North Dinajpur district of West Bengal.
It is feared that the death toll may rise as reports from many remote villages are not available yet. While officials indicated that they expected the death toll to rise due to people being buried under the debris, however, latest reports gathered from the affected districts place the toll at 77, with Purnia recording the highest number of casualties (33), followed by Araria (33), Katihar (7) and two each in Kishanganj and Supaul. The power supply, mobile networks and telephones are all down.
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