Appeal made for Bangladesh flood victims

By November 29, 2007

USA (MNN) World Vision is appealing for $2.1 million to provide an aid package that includes temporary shelter for more than 50,000 people whose homes were destroyed by Cyclone Sidr in Bangladesh.

Of the total, $1.5 million will go to provide tin sheeting for 9,375 families (about 50,000 individuals) who have lost their homes. An additional $640,000 will provide emergency food and relief items to some 100,000 people.

"The scale of the devastation is enormous. It is very hard to get to some areas due to fallen trees. There is need wherever we look," said Vince Edwards, World Vision's national director in Bangladesh. Edwards was working with the agency's relief teams in hard-hit communities.

"We need to get bundles of tin sheeting to these families living out in the open," he said. "We are going to focus our efforts on the worst-affected people who have completely lost their homes — women-headed households, the poorest of the poor, and those families who have children with disabilities."

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