World Vision Shelters House 20,000 as Cyclone Sidr Hits Bangladesh

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, Nov. 15 /CNW/ - At least half a million people have fled
their homes after a monster cyclone made landfall in Bangladesh on Thursday.
Some 20,000 have taken refuge in cyclone-resistant shelters built previously
by World Vision.
    World Vision is also responding with a $632,000 worth of relief aid
including rice, oil, sugar, salt, candles, blankets, mattresses and clothing
for 20,000 families in southern Bangladesh - one of the world's most densely
populated nations.
    "Some of our staff are staying with the people in the shelters and as
soon as the storm passes, they will be going out to assess the damage and the
needs," said Vince Edwards, National Director for World Vision Bangladesh.
    Cyclone Sidr also hit India's state of Western Bengal, including Kolkata
(Calcutta), with high winds and rains. World Vision staff in the Kolkata
region are also on red alert to respond as needed.
    World Vision has conducted community development in Bangladesh for nearly
40 years and in India for more than 50 years. Canadians sponsor
15,885 children in Bangladesh and 30,573 children in India.
    World Vision is accepting donations to help those affected by the
cyclone. Those wishing to help can visit or call

    World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization
dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome
poverty and injustice. Motivated by our Christian faith, we serve all people
regardless of religion, race, gender or ethnicity. For more information,
please visit

For further information:

For further information: or to arrange interviews with World Vision
staff, please contact: Yoko Kobayashi, (416) 677-0086 (cell), (905) 565-6200
ext. 2151,

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