UNDP responding to Tropical Cyclone Mora in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar and India

May 31, 2017

New York – UNDP is supporting the response to Tropical Cyclone Mora in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh and is ready to respond as the storm passes over parts of Myanmar and north-east India. UNDP has experts on the ground who can comment on the unfolding situation.

More than half a million people have been affected by high winds, flooding and landslides in Sri Lanka, in what is reportedly the worst flooding in the country in 25 years.

Bangladesh evacuated at least 350,000 people and thousands of houses sheltering Rohingya refugees have been destroyed. The damage is being urgently assessed. The storm also brought heavy rainfall and high winds across parts of Myanmar.


What:  Experts available to comment on the response to flooding after Tropical Cyclone Mara

Who:    Sri Lanka:        UNDP Country Director, Joern Soerensen

                                    UNDP Deputy Country Director, Lovita Ramguttee


             Bangladesh:   UNDP Acting Country Director Khurshid Alam

             Myanmar:       UNDP Deputy Country Director, Dawn Del Rio

             India:              Emergency analyst: G Padmanabhan


To arrange interviews:

For UNDP’s Tropical Cyclone Mora response overall – Cedric Monteiro, cedric.monteiro@undp.org, +66 922 567 835 (cell)

Sri Lanka – Fadhil Bakeer Markar, fadhil.bakeermarkar@undp.org, +94 77 7530 520 (cell)

Bangladesh – Dejan Drobnjak, dejan.drobnjak@undp.org, +88 017 5261 3951 (cell)

Myanmar: Shobhna Decloitre, shobhna.decloitre@undp.org, +95 9 250 345 158 (cell)

New York – Ann-Marie Wilcock, ann-marie.wilcock@undp.org, +1 917 583 7300 (cell)

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