Flood Strikes Bangladesh
At least 110 people have died in Bangladesh in what residents are calling the worst flooding in 30 years. U.N. and other agencies estimate that 3.7 million people have been affected in 19 districts, with 17,000 houses washed away and 65,000 others ruined by riverbank erosion. More than 250,000 homes are reported damaged.
An indigenous ministry that Christian Aid Mission assists is providing rice, potatoes, cooking oil and other food items to flood victims in Jessore District and Jamalpur District in the southwestern part of the country. Each bag provides a two-week supply of food for a family of five. "We are praying to the Lord so that we may stand beside these helpless families," the ministry director said. "We want to help 200 families, and we need for each family $23 only. So please pray to Lord that we may do something for them."
While waters have begun to recede, further flooding is expected this month from upstream rainfall in India and Nepal, whose rivers flow through Bangladesh to the Bay of Bengal.