Bangladesh Cries for our help



    TORONTO, Nov. 20 /CNW/ - "CBM urgently needs help for the most vulnerable
people affected by the recent flooding in Bangladesh," says Dave McComiskey,
Executive Director of Christian Blind Mission.
    The latest report says the death toll in the fiercest cyclone to hit
Bangladesh's southern and southwestern coastal area in over 130 years has
climbed to over 2,300.
    "Our staff and partners on the ground are reporting that many people with
disabilities living in poverty are suffering in this latest disaster. These
people desperately need our assistance," says McComiskey.
    Relief aid is needed immediately to save these people and their families
from starving. Rehabilitation aid is also required to cover medical costs and
reinstate these people back into normal life.
    "It's hard for me to imagine the fear of a blind person as they're caught
in the rising waters." states McComiskey.
    CBM's projects to aid the 23,000 people with disabilities and their
families are located in the five districts of Bangladesh which were severely
affected by the recent devastating cyclone: Barisal, Bogona, Patuakhali,
Satkhira and Jhalukati.
    Around 3.1 million people of 880,000 families are now homeless as the
storm shattered their houses made of wood and bamboo.
    Most food crops were completely damaged and 242,000 domestic animals and
poultry perished during the cyclone.
    Just to add to the devastation, a total of 50 educational institutions
were completely ruined in the storms while 4,046 institutions were partially
destroyed.
    CBM urgently needs your help to meet the needs of those who are too
challenged to fend for themselves www.cbmicanada.org




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