Red Cross helps ease the plight of vic­tims

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - BUSINESS -

DHAKA — The Red Cross So­ci­ety of China has made a cash do­na­tion to help Bangladesh’s com­mu­ni­ties af­fected by flood­ing that has stranded hun­dreds of thou­sands of peo­ple.

The Chi­nese em­bassy in Bangladesh’s cap­i­tal handed over a cheque of $100,000 last week on be­half of the Red Cross So­ci­ety of China to the Bangladesh Red Cres­cent So­ci­ety.

BMW Mozharul Huq, sec­re­tary gen­eral of the Bangladesh Red Cres­cent So­ci­ety, re­ceived the cheque from Chen Wei, deputy chief of mis­sion at the Chi­nese em­bassy in Dhaka.

Flood­ing sparked by heavy sea­sonal rains have af­fected parts of Bangladesh. Au­thor­i­ties have evac­u­ated res­i­dents of scores of vil­lages to higher ground in a num­ber of dis­tricts that are prone to tor­ren­tial rains be­tween June and Septem­ber.

Floods have caused wide­spread dam­age to habi­ta­tion, crops, roads and high­ways across vast ar­eas of the coun­try.

The do­nated fund will be dis­trib­uted among 2,000 flood-hit fam­i­lies in Bangladesh’s norther Netrokona district and north­east­ern Kishorganj district.

This fund­ing will be crit­i­cal in sup­port­ing com­mu­ni­ties in the af­fected dis­tricts.

“This cash as­sis­tance will help meet the ba­sic needs of the most vul­ner­a­ble,” said Huq, of the Bangladesh Red Cres­cent So­ci­ety.

He also ex­pressed his sin­cere thanks and ap­pre­ci­a­tion to both the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment and the Red Cross So­ci­ety of China for

was de­liv­ered by the Chi­nese em­bassy in Bangladesh

stand­ing by the Bangladeshi flood vic­tims. The Chi­nese em­bassy stated that is will­ing to pro­vide as­sis­tance for re­lief work ac­cord­ing to Bangladesh’s needs.

Plight of mil­lions of peo­ple in the South Asian coun­try, criss-crossed by more than 230 rivers, mounts ev­ery year as Bangladesh ex­pe­ri­ences sea­sonal floods.

More than 500,000 peo­ple in a dozen dis­tricts in the coun­try’s north and north­east have now been ma­rooned after their homes were flooded.

The res­i­dents left their houses wad­ing through flooded roads or on boats in search for shel­ter or a dry ground to live tem­po­rar­ily.

Ex­perts pointed out Bangladesh, bor­der­ing the Bay of Ben­gal, has be­come more vul­ner­a­ble in re­cent time to cli­mate change-re­lated phe­nom­ena such as cy­clones and flood­ing.

Three months of sus­tained floods in 1988 left sev­eral hun­dred peo­ple dead and caused mil­lions of dol­lars of dam­age.

The coun­try was again rav­aged by ma­jor flood­ing in 1998 that left mil­lions home­less and caused huge dam­age. In 2007, two rounds of floods in Bangladesh killed more than 1,000 peo­ple.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from China

© PressReader. All rights reserved.