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Afghanistan + 29 others
WFP Emergency Report No. 34 of 2004

(A) Middle East, Central Asia and Eastern Europe (ODC): (1) Afghanistan, (2) Russian Federation
(B) East and Central Africa (ODK): (1) Burundi, (2) DR Congo, (3) Eritrea, (4) Ethiopia, (5) Kenya, (6) Rwanda, (7) Somalia, (8) Sudan, (9) Tanzania, (10) Uganda

(C) West Africa (ODD): (1) Sahel, (2) Chad, (3) Cote d'Ivoire, (4) Liberia

(D) Southern Africa (ODJ): (1) Regional, (2) Angola, (3) Lesotho, (4) Madagascar, (5) Malawi, (6) Mozambique, (7) Namibia, (8) Zambia, (9) Zimbabwe

(E) Asia (ODB): (1) Bangladesh, (2) North Korea (DPRK)

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UN continues to meet needs of flood-stricken Bangladesh

NEW YORK, 20 August (OCHA) - The United Nations, after appealing for $210 million last week to meet the needs of flood-ravaged Bangladesh, is continuing to promote the rehabilitation and recovery of the Bangladeshi people. For example, the World Food Programme (WFP) has already distributed almost 13,000 metric tons of food; the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is working to meet the water and sanitation needs of over a million families; and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has contributed 11 million water purification tablets.
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Bangladesh + 1 other
South Asia floods - situation update 20 Aug 2004

Last week saw some respite from the flooding across the region with the water levels having receded in many of the worst-hit areas. However, heavy rainfall in the upper regions of Nepal is having a knock-on effect down-river, and water levels in Sitamarhi district in Bihar have begun to rise again.

Fears of further inundation remain while the monsoon season continues. Even without more rain, the devastation so far has damaged the livelihoods of around 60 million people in North-east India and Bangladesh, many of whom are now destitute.


Assam and Bihar

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Bangladesh + 2 others
USAID/OFDA South Asia regional floods fact sheet #1


In 2004, monsoon flooding in South Asia has killed more than 1,800 people and affected more than 42 million others. In response, the U.S. Government (USG) has provided more than $8.5 million to assist flood-affected communities in Bangladesh, India, and Nepal. Of this total, USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) has programmed approximately $805,000 toward emergency relief activities.

USAID/OFDA also supports ongoing flood preparedness and mitigation activities in South Asia, including flood monitoring

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Canada provides further support to flood victims in Bangladesh

Ottawa - The Honourable Aileen Carroll, Minister of International Cooperation, today announced that Canada will provide an additional $ 1.15 million in food aid and humanitarian assistance in support of international efforts to help flood victims in Bangladesh. The funding will be provided by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

"Canada and the international community must continue to respond to the urgent needs of the people of Bangladesh," said Minister Carroll. "The consequences of the flooding in the region

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Housing, homeless crisis in B'desh post-floods

By Kamil Zaheer

ROPAGANJ, Bangladesh (Reuters) - Fatima Begum looks forlorn as she gazes across the placid flood waters to her submerged house made of tin sheets some 200 meters (650 feet) away.

"Taking advantage of the floods, people have stolen my two cows. My only wooden cupboard is spoilt as there is water in the house. I feel helpless," Begum, wearing a faded purple sari, told Reuters on Friday as she stood on a nearby road with her three daughters in Ropaganj, 25 km (15 miles) east of Dhaka.

A dirty mattress, a few utensils, a tin

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Bangladesh: The people behind the statistics

In an editorial first published in the Bangladeshi newspaper New Age, WFP country director in Bangladesh Douglas Casson Coutts calls on us to remember Bangladesh's poor, knocked back again by last month's floods.

Dhaka, August 19 - There have been pictures in the paper of people clamouring for food in the shelter camps in Dhaka. Millions more suffer where camera lenses cannot reach, but are represented in the various aerial shots, hiding beneath the vast sheets of water that Bangladesh has become.

And that is what worries me. Has the

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Bangladesh + 1 other
CRWRC responds to floods in Southeast Asia

In southeast Asia, the monsoon winds have brought the seasonal rain, and the rain has brought floods.

"Bangladesh floods every year, but this year has been especially bad, and way earlier than normal," says Alana Strong, a CRWRC staffperson in Bangladesh. "The waters are knee to thigh high in many areas, including parts of the capital where I live."

In fact, this year's monsoon season is the worst that the region has seen in six years. The floods have covered 60% of Bangladesh and large portions of northeastern India. The waters

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Bangladesh + 2 others
Culture of prevention takes hold in South Asia

by John Tulloch in New Delhi

The Director of the UN's International Strategy for Disaster Reduction in Geneva recently called for a "culture of prevention" in tackling disasters. Salvano Briceno said flood prevention is not just a technical issue, it is about educating people.

It is exactly this approach that is central to much of the disaster management work being carried out by national Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in South Asia.

Preparedness of people, particularly via trained volunteers, is a key activity and has been exemplified in the

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Bangladesh: Rainfall and river situation summary as on 18 Aug 2004



Light to moderate rainfall at a few places over the Brahmaputra, the Ganges & the South Eastern Hill basin and light to moderately heavy fall over the Meghna basin has been recorded during the last 24 hours ending at 9 A.M. today. Significant rainfall was recorded 42.0 at Kanaighat, 40.0 mm at Sunamganj and 33.0 mm at Sylhet during the same period.


The Brahmaputra-Jamuna continued to fall at all points. The Ganges-Padma observed rise at upstream points while it receded slightly at down stream points. The rivers in the Meghna &

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Bangladesh + 1 other
Asia floods update: 18 Aug 2004

Christian Aid
In Bangladesh, over 36 million people continue to be affected by the recent flooding and more than 6 million people still require immediate relief. Christian Aid is supporting local partner organisations to help communities cope with the aftermath of the floods and to rebuild their lives.

As the floodwaters recede, the scale of the disaster is becoming clearer.

Six million people are living in makeshift shelters, their homes destroyed. More than 2.5 million acres of crops have been damaged, and 20,000 livestock lost, resulting in acute shortages of food and clean water.

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Urgent action needed to sustain flood affected children in Bangladesh

Receding water allows access to populations

DHAKA, 18 August 2004 - Falling water levels after some of the worst floods in the history of Bangladesh have allowed better access to affected populations. After a two day visit to three areas, Sylhet, Sunamganj and Brahmanbaria, UNICEF Representative Morten Giersing said the children he saw were clearly badly affected, showing visible signs of suffering from Vitamin B deficiency and living in makeshift shelters around their former homes.

"A large number of tube wells were

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Millions of children in Bangladesh still at risk following severe flooding

Westport, CT (August 18)--Millions of children still need assistance in Bangladesh as the nation recovers from severe flooding that has left hundreds of thousands of families in need of food, shelter, clean water and health services.

More than 700 people in Bangladesh have died from the flooding that submerged two-thirds of the country and left 10 million people homeless. In the capital city of Dhaka, flooding impacted more than 40 percent of the city, forcing thousands of families from their homes.

"The fortunate families have taken

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UMCOR Hotline 17 Aug 2004: USA and Caribbean, Bangladesh, Liberia

USA and Caribbean: UMCOR Responds After Charley Thrashes Coastal Areas

The worst storm on the Gulf Coast of Florida in 100 years, Hurricane Charley left a tumbled swath of splintered wood and twisted metal-the destroyed homes, churches, and commercial buildings of south Florida residents. Power outages are common, and in some areas the rule of martial law is preventing access to areas considered unsafe. UMCOR workers were in Florida as of Monday, August 16, to assess damage and coordinate initial response. In hard-hit Punta Gorda UMCOR is advocating

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UNDP Chief praises efforts to overcome flood losses in Bangladesh

Mark Malloch Brown, the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), is visiting Bangladesh this week, meeting with leaders, and observing relief and recovery efforts following the recent flooding. Malloch Brown praised government efforts to overcome losses caused by the flood. To bolster these efforts, UNDP and the World Food Programme are distributing food, hygiene kits, soap and clothes through national and international non-governmental organizations, funded by the UK Department for International Development.
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Salvation Army relief effort in Bangladesh expands as history repeats itself

Salvation Army
A full month after large areas of Bangladesh were flooded, some rural communities are still in desperate need of assistance. The Salvation Army is working in one such place -- Bhairab Upazila, located in the area where three rivers meet to form the large Meghna River. The disaster has had a severe impact on the area's 250,000 inhabitants, with particular problems being caused for the agriculturists and fish farmers.

The Salvation Army church compound is being used as a staging post for relief assistance although it is reachable

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Update on the Bangladesh flood appeal

Bangladesh YMCA was deeply moved by the immediate response of nearly 20 YMCA movements to the urgent appeal of 27 July from the World Alliance to fund the relief work of the YMCA of Bangladesh for families affected by the catastrophic flooding in the country. The numerous letters and financial support pledged showed the real solidarity of the global YMCA Movement. Through the Asia and Pacific Alliance and World Alliance of YMCAs, a total of USD 56,995 was raised for the Bangladesh YMCA for its flood related programmes, which were budgeted at approximately
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DFID provides an additional £15 million to support reconstruction in Bangladesh

Gareth Thomas (the UK minister for International Development) has today announced that the UK is providing an additional £15 million for the post-flood rehabilitation programme in Bangladesh, to support the Government of Bangladesh's significant on-going relief and rehabilitation work. The funds, which will bring DFID's total response to the floods to £25m, will be channelled through both the Government of Bangladesh and the United Nations (UN) bodies such as the World Food Programme (WFP), UN Development Programme (UNDP), World Health Organisation (WHO) and UNICEF.
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Bangladesh Flood Update - 18 Aug 2004

Current situation

In July, heavy monsoon rains led to major flooding over large areas of Bangladesh. Damage assessments, including one undertaken on behalf of the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), suggest that more than 33 million people have been affected, with almost one million dwellings destroyed and some 4 million inhabitants permanently or temporarily displaced. More than 2 million acres of agricultural land have been have been submerged and countless crops destroyed. Damage to "tubewells" and sanitation facilities, with loss to access

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EUR 1.5 million in emergency aid for Bangladesh

The Netherlands is to release €1.5 million to assist Bangladesh, where flooding has led to food shortages in large parts of the country. During the next six months, the money will be spent via the World Food Programme to feed the most vulnerable groups such as women and children. Since flooding is a structural problem in Bangladesh, the Netherlands is also assisting the country with development programmes for sea defences and water management.