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Caritas Australia launches Bangladesh Flood Appeal

Caritas Australia yesterday announced its appeal to fund relief efforts in Bangladesh, where its parner agencies are on the ground in Bangladesh supplying food, medicine and blankets and reconstruction assistance.

Caritas says 20 million people have been affected, with 40% of the country is submerged in floodwater. It says diarrhoea and other water-borne diseases are rife in flood-affected areas.

Caritas Australia has committed $100,000.

Caritas is distributing emergency food items to 25,000 families and plans to construct 5500 houses for families who have lost their homes.

A number of key development programs run by Caritas Australia have been affected in the Dhaka, Mymensingh and Dinajpur regions.

Australians wishing to help the relief effort can phone 1800 024 413 or go to our website at to make an online donation.

Caritas urges support for Bangladesh floods victims (Caritas Australia 29/7/04)

Caritas responds as floodwaters cover two-thirds of Bangladesh (Catholic News Service 28/7/04)
Flood crisis: victims risk epidemics ( 27/7/04)
Caritas seeks $A2.82 million for Bangladesh flood victims (CathNews 28/7/04)
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)

30 Jul 2004