In Bamna, southern Bangladesh, more than 2,000 homes were destroyed when cyclone Sidr uprooted trees and houses. It was also reported that the river swelled 500m inland, destroying crops and houses near its banks. Many who lost their homes were living in makeshift shelters out of canvas or the vegetation around them, while others risked their lives by living in their damaged homes.

Following reports that areas in Bangladesh still had not received any form of assistance, MR sent in a relief team. Upon close consultation with the village headman on the needs of his villagers, MR delivered $18,000 worth of aid to more than 5,000 people in Bamna village. This included 13 cows and food supplies comprising of spices, salt and cooking oil. 600 blankets suitable for the cold winter were also distributed to provide protection from the harsh winter conditions.

About Mercy Relief

Mercy Relief is a Singaporean humanitarian organisation which engages in both disaster relief and sustainable development programmes. It was established in 2003 as an independent non-governmental humanitarian charity responding to the human tragedies in Asia. Mercy Relief’s aid programme focuses on providing timely and effective assistance to disaster-stricken communities and has maintained the delivery of emergency aid within 72 hours from the point of appeal for assistance.  

In the past 12 years, Mercy Relief has disbursed over S$32 million in aid across 40 disaster relief and 53 sustainable development initiatives. Mercy Relief has impacted an aggregate of 2 million lives in 24 countries and areas, namely Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, DPR Korea, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, the Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal,  Pakistan, Palestine, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and Yemen.

For more information, you may call us at 6514 6322 or email corporateaffairs@mercyrelief.org