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Caritas seeks $A2.82 million for Bangladesh flood victims

Caritas Internationalis has launched an emergency appeal in response to the devastation caused by recent floods in Bangladesh.

The Rome-based confederation that includes Caritas Australia said in a statement that distribution of food and medicine to needy families is a great challenge while the rain and floodwaters continue to pose a threat to the safety of humanitarian aid transport.

With millions of people left homeless or stranded by the flood, however, it says supplies of food, clean water, and medical support must get to the neediest victims immediately.

Caritas is distributing emergency food items to 25,000 families in four regions of Bangladesh. The distribution of essential medicines is also underway, and a cash for work and housing program is being implemented to assist those who have lost their livelihoods.

When the floodwaters recede, the construction of 5500 houses is planned for families who have lost their homes and all their belongings.

In late June the region was inundated with floodwater, submerging villages, sweeping away children and other victims, and destroying property. An estimated 20 million have been affected by the floods in India alone, with an even great number of people affected in Bangladesh when the floods hit their country the first week of July.

The capital city of Dhaka was not spared. Buildings were deluged and 285 people have been killed by the flooding. Tens of thousands of people across the country are currently stranded waiting to be rescued, while hundreds of thousands have sought emergency shelter in relief centres. The floodwaters have brought disease to the displaced as well, with an estimated 72,000 suffering from water-borne illnesses.

Caritas Launches Two Million Dollar Appeal for Bangladesh (Caritas Internationalis 26/7/04)

Millions suffer in flooded South Asia (Associated Press/USA Today 27/7/04)
Flood crisis: victims risk epidemics ( 27/7/04)
Bangladesh Floods Claim Another 44 Lives (San Jose Mercury News 27/7/04)
Bangladesh floods claim more lives (ITV 27/7/04)
No end in sight to Bangladesh flood crisis ( 27/7/04)
Bangladesh capital awash (The Advertiser 27/7/04)

28 Jul 2004