Flooding leaves 3 Million people homeless in India and Nepal

    TORONTO, Sept. 5 /CNW/ - cbm's International Emergency Response Team has
mobilized a disaster management group to respond to the tragedy in India and
    Extreme flooding has caused nearly three million people in India and
Nepal to flee their homes.
    "It's almost impossible to imagine the heartache and loss experienced by
these people over the past few weeks," says Dave McComiskey, Executive
Director, cbm Canada.
    About 10 days ago, the monsoon rains hit northern India, overflowing the
Koshi river embankment in Nepal. Three million Indian and Nepalese people,
displaced or stranded from their homes are now utterly dependent on food aid.
Many are on the brink of starvation, and the spread of communicable diseases
could result in permanent disabilities.
    cbm is working diligently with its partner to deliver food, water
purification tablets and hygiene kits to thousands of families, including
those in the area of the Biratnagar Eye Hospital.
    Medical care is being given to the most vulnerable - those with
disabilities, and others who are injured, sick or in immediate risk of a
life-long disability.
    "As you know, in these situations, people with disabilities are too often
overlooked," stated McComiskey. "Experience tells us the longer a crisis
continues, the greater the long term consequences to people's livelihood.
    "People with disability are often those who suffer the most as they are
unable to flee from danger, find food when it is in short supply, and suffer
greatly from long term economic repercussions."
    cbm is asking Canadians to help the people suffering in India and Nepal
by phoning Toll-free: 1-800-567-2264 or (905) 640-6464, online donations at

    /NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: A photo accompanying this release is available on
    the CNW Photo Network and archived at http://photos.newswire.ca.
    Additional archived images are also available on the CNW Photo Archive
    website at http://photos.newswire.ca. Images are free to accredited
    members of the media/

For further information:

For further information: Lindsay O'Connor, cbm National Media, PR
Manager, (905) 640-6464 ext 289, loconnor@cbmcanada.org

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