On Thursday 15 November 2007, Cyclone Sidr, described as the worst storm in years to hit the disaster-prone country, triggered a six metre high tidal wave that crashed into the south-west coast before sweeping north over the capital Dhaka.
An estimated 10000 people have lost their lives, with authorities estimating the figure could go higher, with hundreds of fishermen still missing. Some organisations have estimated that over 1 million people are now homeless, and up to 7 million lives have been affected. The main damage was caused in the coastal districts of Khulna, Barisal, Borguna and Mongla where the cyclone was at its strongest. Early assessments indicate that nearly 500,000 homes have been fully destroyed, with around 845,000 households having been directly affected by the cyclone.
"People who have survived Cyclone Sidr in remote areas Bangladesh have lost their homes and livelihoods and are in desperate need of assistance", said Ali Asgar, British Red Cross disaster preparedness project manager in Dhaka.
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