Concern Worldwide is responding to devastating landslides and flooding in poverty-stricken Bangladesh that have so far killed over 135 people and left thousands homeless.
The aid agency, whose staff have been relieving poverty in Bangladesh since 1972, is helping those affected in the south east of the country after heavy monsoon rains.
Concern’s Regional Director for Asia and Middle East, Brid Kennedy, said:
Concern’s Country Director in Bangladesh, A.K.M. Musha, said:
The Bangladesh Meteorological Department recorded 508 millimetres (1.6 feet) of rain in Rangamati alone over the past two days. The mudslides swept over thatched homes and settlements and telephone and transport links have also been cut off. The death toll in affected areas is expected to increase as there are many people still reported as missing.
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