Missionaries adapt to the crisis in Bangladesh.

By August 16, 2004

Bangladesh (MNN)–Bangladesh’s 2004 flood is considered the worst in six years in terms of death toll and damages.

Unusually heavy monsoons and rivers full of silt contributed to the overflow that left a majority of the country underwater.

With nearly 40 percent of Dhaka, a city of 10 million, flooded, many residents have been forced to move in with relatives in drier areas, take refuge in shelters at multi-storied buildings or camp out on raised sidewalks.

Up to 125,000 displaced people were living in 160 flood shelters in Dhaka. While the waters have receded, the people have lost their homes, crops and livelihoods.

Operation Mobilization’s computer training center was transformed into an emergency relief center. OM teams are adapting to the crisis, finding the best ways to share the hope of Christ.

Twenty tons of rice and two tons of lentils were initially delivered to the center, and distributed in 10kg bags of rice and 1kg bags of lentils.

After distributing rice and lentils OM teams plan to distribute oral saline packets to 2000 families in each district to help combat disease. Later, in September and October, they hope to provide rice seeds to at least 4000 families.

Operation Mobilisation seeks to demonstrate and proclaim the love of God. Wherever possible, OM works in partnership with the local church, encouraging and supporting local believers.

If you would like to help, please send gifts to your local OM office marked for the “Flood Relief Project – Bangladesh”.

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