Flooding Affects the Most Vulnerable

    TORONTO, Aug. 21 /CNW/ - "CBM urgently needs help for the most vulnerable
people affected by the recent flooding in Bangladesh, India and Nepal," says
Dave McComiskey, Executive Director of Christian Blind Mission. "Blind and
disabled people in the affected area desperately need our assistance."
    Of CBM's 63 projects in India, two are located in the hardest hit area of
Assam. Other CBM projects are in the flood-impacted Districts of Tripura and
Meghalaya in Bangladesh, as well as the Districts of Meghalaya and Bihar.
    Not only did the ravaging flood waters destroy millions of homes, crops
and livestock, people with disabilities were especially at risk. In addition
to having their lives threatened by the flood, many had their wheelchairs,
canes and artificial limbs swept away.
    McComiskey said, "Can you imagine the fear of a blind person as they felt
the waters continue to rise steadily to their waist, separating them from
their loved ones?" According to officials, the torrential monsoon rains have
caused the worst flood in this area in the past three decades.
    CBM's local partners have been immediately able to assess the needs of
the affected people with special needs. CBM has developed a three-fold plan to
meet the immediate and long-term needs of these people who are precious in
God's sight.
    First and foremost, emergency funds are urgently required for basic
survival - clean water, food, clothing, and temporary shelter.
    CBM's rehabilitation plan includes replacing vitally needed canes,
crutches, wheelchairs and artificial limbs. The organization plans to provide
seeds, poultry and livestock to help establish small sustainable businesses.
    "We are committed to helping these people get back on their feet," says
McComiskey. "These desperate people will need new homes, adapted to their
special needs; wells and latrines will need to be built for safe water and

    CBM is an expert at helping people with disabilities throughout the
developing world. CBM urgently needs your help to meet the urgent needs of
those who are too challenged to fend for themselves.

    CBM has over 11,000 national workers in 100 countries with people in
place. CBM is a credible force world-wide that is there for the long term.

For further information:

For further information: Lindsay O'Connor, CBM National Media, PR
Manager, 1-800-567-2264 ext 289, loconnor@cbmicanada.org

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