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Christian Aid release funds as monsoon rains sweep through Bangladesh

July 5 2012 - Torrential monsoon rains in Bangladesh have resulted in flash floods and landslides, with one million people marooned by the raging floodwaters in the north west of the country, and an estimated 121 fatalities in the south east.

The worst affected area in the south east is the Ramu district of Cox’s Bazaar, where 450,000 out of a total population of half a million are severely affected, with 1,000 acres of seasonal crops destroyed and fish hatcheries and poultry farms also devastated

In total, across both areas, around 54,000 households are said to be displaced, with families facing severe shortages of fresh drinking water, food and fuel, and many forced to take temporary shelter in school buildings and on roadsides. It is highly likely that they will face nutritional, health and financial crises in weeks to come.

Christian Aid is releasing emergency funds to support the work of local partners in the north west and south east of Bangladesh, who are providing food parcels including rice, lentils, oil, salt and sugar, and household items such as plastic sheets, soap and oral rehydration salts.

Christian Aid is also working with ACT Alliance in the Assam region of India where families are also fighting for survival following torrential rains.

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