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- More than 4 million people have been affected by the rising flood waters.
- As of August 14, 89 people have died. More than 282,400 people are living in 1,392 shelters in affected areas.
- About 1,000 schools are closed .
- Flooding of major rivers such as the Jamuna surpassed levels from 1988, the year of the deadliest floods the country has ever faced.
Heavy rains on August 11th and 12th 2017 have caused the deadliest flooding Bangladesh has ever known.
The record high floods have ravaged the country, destroying the lives of millions and leaving them at risk of disease, hunger and death.
One third of Bangladesh is affected, and the sheer volume of water has made it difficult even to reach some of the more isolated communities, let alone help them. The situation will only get worse, with continuing heavy rains forecast, and the water in swollen rivers in India flowing inexorably towards Bangladesh, adding to what the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent have called the worst regional humanitarian crisis in many years.
The floods have wiped out everything in their path. Homes have been washed away, crops destroyed, livestock and people drowned. Millions are now homeless, forced to live on the roadside, at the mercy of the elements. Bangladesh is a low lying country, much it below sea level, so there isn’t even a lot of high ground where people can find refuge.
World In Need’s representatives in Bangladesh are helping one of the communities affected by the floods, in Madhabpur district. More than 300 people in this isolated area have lost their homes, livestock and crops. The government’s help is, to date, non-existent in this part of the country; with millions affected, the task is overwhelming.
The immediate need is to help to keep these families alive by providing food and water, which we plan to continue to do in the short term. As the waters recede, the people will begin to think about rebuilding their lives, which we will want to help them with by providing fertilisers and seeds, and perhaps by helping with some of the rebuilding.
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