Belgians launch Bangladesh appeal

20th November 2007, Comments 0 comments

20 November 2007, BRUSSELS - The Belgian Consortium of Emergency Aid Organisations and the Flemish Red Cross are launching an appeal to collect funds for the victims of cyclone Sidr in Bangladesh.

20 November 2007

BRUSSELS - The Belgian Consortium of Emergency Aid Organisations and the Flemish Red Cross are launching an appeal to collect funds for the victims of cyclone Sidr in Bangladesh.

The latest official figures say that up to 3,000 people lost their lives as a result of the storm. Other figures are much higher.

One and a half million people are now homeless or have been injured.

They urgently need food, drinking water and somewhere to stay.

The Belgian Consortium that provides emergency aid in the event of natural disasters consists of Caritas International, Doctors of the World, Handicap International, Oxfam and UNICEF.

They are now launching a joint appeal for funds.

The Flemish Red Cross will also provide aid for the victims of cyclone Sidr.

Bangladesh is one of the poorest nations on earth.

Forty percent of the country's 144 million inhabitants have to get by on less than EUR 1.50 a day.

[Copyright Flanders news 2007]

Subject: Belgian news

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