Ministry brings hope to Bangladesh storm survivors

By December 17, 2007

Bangladesh (MNN) – A month after Cyclone Sidr slammed into Bangladesh's
coastal region, the country is seeking
more than two billion dollars to help recover from the deadly damage.  Millions lost their homes to the storm, and
rebuilding the infrastructure could take a long time. 

The United Nations and the government earlier this month
said more than 8.5 million people have been affected while crops were damaged
on more than 7 million acres.

If left to recuperate, one of the worst-hit ecosystems would
re-generate to pre-cyclone conditions in a little more than a decade. In the meantime, monies granted would go
toward long-term development programs like forestation, construction of new
cyclone shelters and well-protected schools and colleges.

Meanwhile, food prices have surged by as much as 50 percent
in the cyclone affected area– price hikes well beyond the means of most
cyclone survivors.

Mission Aviation Fellowship is not only providing emergency
relief but also emergency communications as communications hubs get
established. MAF is one of only two civilian aviation operators in the
country. 

MAF serves missions and isolated people around the world
with aviation, communications and learning technologies. Pray that their teams will find opportunities
to share the comfort of Christ.

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