Office of the UN Resident Coordinator – Flash Update No. 3 - Bangladesh | 2019 Severe Cyclonic Storm Fani

5 May 2019: After crossing Bangladesh on Saturday without causing major damage, Cyclone “Fani” has dissipated. According to the Bangladesh Metrological Department’s latest weather situation update, issued on 5 May, squalls were now unlikely over the North Bay and adjoining coastal areas. Maritime ports in Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar, Mongla and Payra have been advised to lower the level of their warning signal. The significant preparedness and immediate response measures taken by the authorities, together with the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society and volunteers, limited the loss of life and damage to property and infrastructure. People who took shelter in cyclone centres returned home on the afternoon of 4 May. The authorities reported that 1.6 million people from coastal regions were evacuated to cyclone shelters, where dry food, medicine and drinking water were provided. The strong winds and tidal surges breached 32 kilometers of river embankments, creating localized inundations.