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Friday, March 24, 2017
Emergency relief for Bangladesh
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¬†CAFOD is sending aid to Bangladesh and India after severe flooding left millions homeless. The agency is especially concerned about Bangladesh because the catastrophe affected areas not normally in the flood zone. Torrential rains and water coming from India and Nepal have threatened 12 million people, leaving hundreds of thousands marooned. Houses made of clay or unburned bricks have caved in under the surge of water. Dr Benedict Alo D'Rozario, from Caritas Bangladesh said: "In Sakhira, all of the thatched houses have collapsed. Crops are under three to ten feet of water." Vast areas of West Bengal in India are under water, adding to the problems of earlier flooding in Assam, Bikhar and Andhra Pradesh. Aid workers say the people are dangerously isolated because roads are submerged. The lack of clean drinking water and the spread of disease are real concerned. Over 12 million people have been made homeless in the Krishnagar area alone. Fr Sebastian of Krishnagar said: "We are now worried abut the future of the people in many places that we have reached with our relief materials. When they get back to their houses they will find only ruins. They will have to begin life again in utter poverty and misery, Our only concern for the time being is how to help them rebuild their lives." CAFOD has sent £50,00 to Caritas Bangladesh, £20,000 to Dhakia Ahsania Mission and a further £20,000 to Caritas India. The money will be used for food, clean water, medicine, shelter and for rehabilitation once the waters begin to subside.
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