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Nurunnahar is not afraid of storms/Storms and Women

Every year natural disasters cause significant damage to coastal communities, livelihoods, infrastructure and the environment in Bangladesh, especially women. Women are often not allowed to participate fully in the public sphere, and are therefore less likely to receive critical information enabling appropriate emergency responses. The study found that even though women might receive early warning of approaching storms (from the radio, community volunteers, government agencies, NGOs or by word-of-mouth from neighbors) they remained dependent on the (male) household head to take the final decisions, for example on whether the family should retreat to safer places such as cyclone shelters Nurunnahar who live in Nijhum Dip, Hatia district is one of them who suffered by cyclone in different times. She lost her two brothers in the 1970 cyclone and then she also lost her husband in the 1991 cyclone. This video presents how Nurunnahar suffered and prepared herself for cyclones and other disasters.

Cyclone Preparedness Activities

This video is on Cyclone preparedness activities. The preparedness activities help to reduce losses of lives and property. This video described the cyclone warning system, the activities of cyclone preparedness committee, the process of dry food and safe water preservation before cyclone. Drinking water sources like tube wells and ponds in many communities were contaminated by saline water and some are going under water. This video also shows the way to protect the tube well during cyclones and also describes the process of water purification, preparedness for women, fishermen, children and older people etc.

Flood Preparedness Messages

This video is on disaster risk reduction approach, which aims to protect the houses from strong wind and flooding, as well as provide food and fuel after the disaster. The video shows how to cover the tube wells with plastic to prevent saline water intrusion, the process of stock up seeds, the process to meet the needs of children or other family members who are on special diets, describe how to meet the domestic needs, how to store emergency food, and emergency water supply and the protection of the household member from snake bite.

Children, old and women during flood

Children, women and older people are more vulnerable to natural disasters. Since children are not in school during floods or any disaster, they are spending time playing in water and mud. This has resulted in skin diseases, diarrhea, fever and other water-borne illnesses. Pregnant women here also have a difficult time getting access to medical care, and many of them are suffering from malnutrition. Older people and who need a special diet have suffered a lot. The video shows the immediate actions which reduce the vulnerability of the children, older people and women during flood. 

Flood and health hazards

Floods potentially increase the transmission of communicable diseases; like: water-borne diseases, such as typhoid fever, cholera, vector-borne diseases, such as malaria, dengue and yellow fever. The major risk factor for outbreaks associated with flooding is the contamination of drinking-water facilities. The video describes the measures which help to reduce the health hazards caused by floods. 

Activities after flood

The video describes the activities which need to be taken after the flood water decreases. Like; water purification, tube well water purification process, hygiene maintenance, especial care of children and patients. 

Destination Unknown

Cyclone Sidr struck the southwest coast of Bangladesh and it took away the lives of innumerate people, destroyed shelter and livelihood. But the children were most suffering who lost everything before even knowing what life is all about. This video shows the life of the children lost their mother or father or both and who are living with an uncertain future. This video reminds the basic rights of living a happy, healthy and secured life.

Restoring Childhood challenging Disaster

After three years of cyclone sidr the life of disaster affected children who lost their mother or father or parents during cyclone and at that they received funds from different organizations. This video is on the situation how those children are, how they use those money which they received after Sidr affected their life.

Return to adolescence

Aila, the cyclone hit the southern coast of Bangladesh along with tidal surge wash away village after village. People suffered a lot due to lack of safe water and food. People were running for relief and staying in the open air. Children are more vulnerable in this situation. More vulnerable the children are from the age group from 13-16, those who are all adolescent, especially the girl children. They are at risk of abuse, exploitation, sexual harassment, trafficking etc. And the situation is more miserable when they have to live in the open air or embankment. This video shows how volunteers’ organization developed the adolescent center for the protection of the adolescent girls.

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