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07 Aug 2007 description

Current Situation: Maritime ports of Chittagong, Cox's Bazar and Mongla have been advised to keep hoisted local cautionary signal number three (r) three. All fishing boats and trawlers over North Bay have been advised to remain in shelter till further notice. The Brahmaputra-Jamuna receded further significantly at all points. Remarkable improvement of the prevailing flood situation in northern districts. The Ganges-Padma is flowing above danger level at Goalundo and Bhagyakul. The Meghna at Bhairab Bazar has started falling at a lower rate.

07 Aug 2007 description
report Food for the Hungry

Heavy monsoon rains have caused rising water levels of almost all major rivers and the breach of several flood protection embankments and levees - with nearly 7 million people either marooned or displaced. People have taken shelter among roads and embankments, with food and drinking water scarce. Diarrhea, cholera, snakebite and skin diseases are prevalent.

Food for the Hungry relief workers are helping displaced families, distributing 10-day food supplies including rice, potatoes, lentils, salt and cooking oil.

07 Aug 2007 description

Medical Volunteers on standby to help families in Bangladesh

(PORTLAND, ORE. - Aug. 7, 2007) Medical Teams International announced today it is accepting contributions to help the more than 31 million people affected by the devastating floods in South Asia.

Funds will be used to purchase health care supplies, medicines and hygiene items for distribution by local relief groups in India and Bangladesh.

07 Aug 2007 description

Minister of State for Overseas Development, Michael Kitt TD, today approved a half million euro package of emergency aid for the flood victims in Asia. The funding has been allocated to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in response to special appeals by the national societies in three of the most seriously affected countries - Bangladesh, China and Pakistan. The funds will be allocated by the IFRC on the basis of their assessment of the needs.

07 Aug 2007 description
report Tearfund

Tearfund is working through its partner relief agencies in India to help thousands of families (over 60,000 people) displaced by the worst monsoon floods to hit the region in 30 years.

07 Aug 2007 description
report UN Children's Fund

L'UNICEF a alerté aujourd'hui sur la crise sanitaire qui menace des millions d'enfants à cause des inondations dues à la mousson. Beaucoup sont isolés, avec des besoins urgents en eau potable, en nourriture et en abris.

«Des villages entiers connaîtront une crise sanitaire dans quelques jours si on ne les atteint pas d'ici-là,»a déclaré le Dr Marzio Babille, responsable santé pour l'UNICEF en Inde.«Beaucoup de zones affectées abritent des communautés pauvres qui souffrent du manque de sanitaires et d'hygiène tout au long de l'année.

07 Aug 2007 description
report Muslim Aid

In what has been called the worst flooding in recent times, thousands of lives have been claimed, homes have been destroyed and millions have been left without access to food and water.

Bangladesh

With over half the country under water, Bangladesh is one of the worst affected countries. Monsoon rains have wreaked havoc across the country bursting river banks and leaving over 9 million marooned in their villages. Thousands of people have been living on their rooftops for over a week with rescue teams struggling to reach them.

07 Aug 2007 description
report UN Children's Fund

NEW DELHI, 7 August 2007 - UNICEF today highlighted the looming health crisis facing millions of children as monsoonal rains have left many stranded by floodwaters and in urgent need of fresh water, food and shelter.

"Entire villages are days away from a health crisis if people are not reached in the coming days," said Dr. Marzio Babille, UNICEF's health chief in India. "Many of the affected areas are home to poor communities who suffer from lack of sanitation and hygiene year round.

07 Aug 2007 description
report CARE

20 million people affected by the flooding and half of Bangladesh underwater.

CARE Australia has launched an emergency appeal to provide life saving assistance to the survivors the current flooding in South Asia.

With severe monsoon weather and disastrous floods affecting more than 20 million people across South Asia, CARE is mobilizing its resources and providing emergency relief in some of the most seriously affected regions in Pakistan, Nepal, India and Bangladesh.

07 Aug 2007 description
report Caritas

Vatican City, 7 August 2007 - National Caritas agencies in India, Nepal, Bangladeshand Pakistancontinue to work non-stop to help some of the more than 20 million people left homeless by the devastating monsoon floods that hit South Asiaover the last month. The rains still fall and new areas continue to be inundated.

"More than half of Bangladeshis underwater, and the predictions are for more rain.

07 Aug 2007 description

Red Crescent Authority has rushed relief aid to the flood victims in Bangladesh and China caused by continuous rain which devastated many villages in those countries. The relief programmes were carried out in coordination with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the local authorities in the affected countries, according to the Acting Secretary General of Red Crescent Authority Dr. Saleh Moosa Al Thae.

07 Aug 2007 description

By Anna Nelson and Devendra Tak of the International Federation

Severe flooding has affected tens of millions of people around the world in recent weeks and months, including Bangladesh, China, Colombia, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan and Sudan. From Dhaka to Khartoum, officials say they are seeing the heaviest rains in decades and in some cases, recent memory.

In South Asia, an estimated 35 million people have been affected while a staggering 200 million people have been affected by floods in China.

07 Aug 2007 description
report Oxfam

Hull flood victim sees the extent of disaster for herself

International aid agency Oxfam today launched a =A31 million appeal for its work to help nearly 200,000 flood victims in India, Bangladesh and Nepal. The money will be spent on delivering food, emergency shelter, hygiene items and clean water and safe sanitation.

Altogether 20 million people in India, Bangladesh and Nepal have been affected by flooding in the current monsoon, forcing many from their homes.

07 Aug 2007 description

Introduction

Bangkok, 7 August 2007 - WFP has started to distribute food to flood victims in South Asia where some 25 million people have been affected by devastating monsoon rains, some of the worst in recent years.

Huge areas of land are under water in India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan with the majority of people affected being those who are the poorest and least able to cope.

Crops lost

While waters may soon subside, WFP is concerned about the longer-tem effects of the flooding all over the region. Families have lost crops and livestock, houses and roads have been …

07 Aug 2007 description

(New York: 7 August 2007): In-country United Nations agencies and programmes are working with the governments of flood-affected India, Bangladesh and Nepal, where tens of millions of people are in urgent need of various kinds of aid, including temporary shelter, fresh water, food and medical supplies, after being hit by severe floods over the past two to three weeks.

07 Aug 2007 description
report Trócaire

Trócaire has pledged an initial €180,000 for relief efforts in response to devastating floods in India, Bangladesh and Nepal caused by monsoons.

Irish Aid, the Irish government's overseas development agency, has given Trócaire €100,000 for the relief efforts and the agency has provided another €80,000 in funding from its emergency reserves. Trócaire is monitoring the situation through its office and permanent staff in Islamabad in Pakistan.

07 Aug 2007 description
MCC is providing aid to people displaced by flooding in Nepal and planning a further response to flooding in Nepal, Bangladesh and India.

Seasonal floods are currently affecting millions of people in these South Asian countries, destroying homes, spreading waterborne diseases and claiming hundreds of lives.

07 Aug 2007 description
report ActionAid

Time and money are running out for relief operations in South Asia, where floods have affected 30 million people according to the World Health Organisation, and up to 50 million according to some officials.

"Even if the rains stop, the danger remains, as flood water increases the risk of malaria and encephalitis," said Harjeet Singh of ActionAid India.

07 Aug 2007 description

By Kamil Zaheer

SEKHPUR, India, Aug 7 (Reuters) - Hungry victims of South Asia's worst flooding in years complained on Tuesday that help was yet to reach them, while in some villages local politicians and officials were caught stealing from meagre stocks of food.

At least 487 people have drowned, died from snakebites, hunger or water-borne diseases, or have been crushed to death or electrocuted since devastating monsoon floods submerged swathes of the subcontinent downstream from the Himalayan mountains.

Hundreds of thousands of people remain marooned or homeless in the …

07 Aug 2007 description
report Plan

Plan has launched an urgent appeal to help relieve the suffering of millions of children left isolated and homeless by floods in South Asia.

More than 360 people are believed to have died in the flooding which has swept across Nepal, India and Bangladesh. Survivors now face the serious threat of hunger and disease with a real risk of epidemics spreading unchecked across flooded areas.