Stormy skies over Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar. Stormy skies over Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar.

Photo: Fabeha Monir / Oxfam

Cyclone Amphan

On 20 May 2020, Cyclone Amphan struck land across India's Odisha and West Bengal States and Bangladesh's Barisal Division. The storm is the first super cyclone to form in the Bay of Bengal since 1999.

Oxfam is on the ground, working with our partners to help communities recover from this devastating storm. Together we will respond to the impact of the cyclone in both India and Bangladesh.

  • We have supplied hygiene and sanitation essentials to the most vulnerable communities
  • We are working with evacuation shelters, disinfecting emergency space and ensuring staff and volunteers have training on coronavirus best practice

Photo: Fabeha Monir/Oxfam

"We are not afraid. We know how to wash hands, how to be safe ... and stay clean to stay away from the disease."
Nur in Bangladesh

But Oxfam is responding to a crisis on top of a crisis. Alongside our emergency response, we continue to help the poorest and most marginalised people to protect themselves from coronavirus.

Pankaj Anand, Director of Programs and Humanitarian response, Oxfam India has reported:

“Cyclone Amphan is a crisis on top of a crisis. Many of the cyclone evacuation shelters are already being used as coronavirus quarantine centres or housing [people] who have returned to their coastal communities because of lockdown. People are worried there won’t be enough space in the shelters and that they might catch coronavirus in them,”

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Photo: Fabeha Monir/Oxfam

Nur in Bangladesh

"I have lived in this refugee camp for almost three years. There are many challenges we are facing including hot weather. It’s tough to live inside these tents. The water crisis is still here."

"I know about the coronavirus. I heard that we have to clean hands often with soap. Then we have to dry our hands. We have to do it to prevent the disease."

"We are not afraid. We know how to wash hands, how to be safe. We heard from volunteers, they told us."

"We have to dry our hands and stay clean to stay away from the disease"

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