“Our thoughts are with the people of Bangladesh who are recovering from the devastating effects of Cyclone Sitrang. We hope that our contributions will support local organizations that are working hard to rehabilitate people who were impacted. It’s important that we come together to help them rebuild, as well as continue working together with partners on the ground on long-term climate adaptation and resilience,” said Jordi Fornies, Meta’s director for Emerging Markets in the Asia Pacific region.

People often rely on online platforms to stay connected during and after natural disasters. After the cyclone hit Bangladesh, Meta created a Crisis Response page on Facebook where people can use the Community Help feature to request help or offer support, such as food, shelter, and emergency evacuations.

The platform also activated Safety Check, which enabled people to let their friends and family know that they are safe.

“Alongside with connecting people, Meta’s platform Facebook also helped us to get real-time updates and information from the field. This hands-on information also enabled us to take effective decisions to support people in need in a timely manner. In addition, the financial assistance from Meta also contributed to our ongoing response and recovery effort for cyclone Sitrang and helped us to reach out to more population,” said Kazi Shofiqul Azam, secretary general of Bangladesh Red Crescent Society.

Meta is also giving $100,000 in ad credits to local organisations to support their campaigns related to crisis response. This will also help their future preparedness plans for climate-induced disasters in Bangladesh.

“Communities living in the coastal areas of Bangladesh are at the forefront of devastating impacts of cyclones. Every year, the country is facing a new level of damage due to cyclonic storms. As such, Cyclone Sitrang also left a trail of destruction in several coastal districts, including damage to shelters, croplands, and fish enclosures. BRAC acknowledges that disaster risk reduction requires support and humanitarian assistance to recover the losses. We thank Meta for its generous support in the wake of natural and human-caused crises, so that affected people will be able to meet their urgent necessities,” said Md Liakath Ali, director of Disaster Risk Management Programme of BRAC.

According to a recent World Bank Group report, average tropical cyclones cost Bangladesh about $1 billion annually. The research suggests that over 13 million Bangladeshis may become internal migrants in the next thirty years due to climate impacts.

Communities across Meta’s platforms like Facebook and Instagram have raised over a million dollars for nonprofit organizations supporting relief efforts around the world.

In addition, Meta’s Data for Good program has activated Disaster Maps to provide data to regional response partners.