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Aid reaching Bangladesh flood victims

Dhaka (UCAN): “Floodwater has started to recede as rain has stopped but the suffering of affected people is not over,” Pintu William Gomes, senior manager of the disaster management department at Caritas Bangladesh said.

The floods, the worst in 10 years, were triggered by monsoon rains and a surge of water from upstream India, and have submerged 20 districts and left two million people stranded since late July, according to the state-run Disaster Management Department.

Beginning on August 11, the Caritas Bangladesh central office distributed water and sanitation kits containing a basket, soaps, detergent, water purification tablets and oral saline worth 1,200 taka ($119) and cash handouts of 4,000 taka ($396) to 1,650 families among more than 8,000 people in several northern districts.

Some 80 people have died and 817,239 families have been affected by the flooding so far, according to the department’s report. 

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