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Cyclone hits Bangladesh
An area of Bangladesh hit by the cyclone, photo taken July 2007

In November 2007 a devestating tropical cyclone Sidr struck southern Bangladesh.

Christian Aid launched an emergency appeal to support the work of partner organisations who work long term in the region and are at the front line of our response to the crisis. Thanks to a fantastic effort by our supporters, Christian Aid raised £1.6 million to help the victims of Sidr.

Having initially supported the immidiate humanitarian response, Christian Aid is now involved in longer-term reconstruction. You can find an up to date summary of the situation on the Bangaldesh emergency pages on our main site, and find out why our partners in the area still need financial support.


Life after a cyclone

Our disasters assembly looks at what life might be like for the people affected by the cyclone. It has been written with Primary school students in mind, but it is easily adaptable for Secondary school pupils.

Climate change is believed to be responsible for the increasing number of environmental disasters. Often poor communities that can not afford the cost of rebuilding are those that bear the brunt of the disaster.

The Crazy Climate pack has assembly and classroom activities on these topics - we also have a Welsh version, and more engaging ideas can be found in our youth leader resource pack, Feeling the Heat.

For child-friendly updates take a look at the Newsflash section of our children's website, Global Gang


Weather words

A note on our use of weather words - a tropical storm is the generic name for a storm that is spinning. Tropical storms are given different names depending on where in the world they occur. The tropical storm that devastated Bangladesh was a cyclone. This is because it hit in the southern Pacific and the Indian Ocean. If it hit in the Atlantic or eastern Pacific it would be called a hurricane. If it hit in the western Pacific it would be a typhoon.

For an animated guide see the BBC