Partnership (Fall 2004)
The official newsletter of Islamic Relief USA
Floods in Bangladesh
Monsoon rains in Bangladesh have caused the worst floods in the region since 1988. Over 500 people have died in the disaster, an estimated 4 million people have been displaced, and tens of thousands have been left homeless, without food or shelter. In all, over twenty million people in Bangladesh have been affected, as two thirds of the country has been submerged in the flooding. At least 95 per cent of rural infrastructures were under water in many affected locations.
Seasonal floods are common in Bangladesh, but exceptionally high tides this year combined with monsoon rains have made a cyclically bad situation much worse, leading to the three major rivers in Bangladesh (Brahmaputra, Ganges, and Meghna) to swell and rise above danger levels in the north, north-eastern and central parts of the country.
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Islamic Relief USA (2004), Partnership (Fall 2004)