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Concern delivers emergency response following deadly landslides in Bangladesh

Aoife O'Grady | 14 June 2017 | 0 Comments

Concern is delivering an emergency response in Bangladesh following yesterday’s disastrous landslides that have so far killed 135 people and left thousands homeless.

According to initial reports, landslides and flooding in south eastern Bangladesh – which were triggered by torrential monsoon rains beginning last week – are the most lethal in the country’s recent history. The mudslides swept over thatched homes and settlements, cutting off telephone and transport links in the remote districts of Bandarban, Chittagong and Rangamati. 508 millimetres (1.6 feet) of rain was recorded in Rangamati alone over the past two days.

Growing death toll

An estimated 135 people – including four soldiers who had joined the rescue operation – have been killed and communities in the affected districts remain without water, electricity, and food supplies. It’s feared that the death toll will increase as at least 30 people are still missing. Many have also been injured and thousands have been left homeless.

Reacting to the disaster, Concern’s Regional Director for Asia and Middle East, Brid Kennedy, noted:

This is extremely devastating in an already very poor part of the country where many people live in poverty in makeshift huts.

Bangladesh is one of the countries that is worst affected by climate change and the floods that happened last night and last week just compound the impact it has on an already very poor and vulnerable population.

Concern’s emergency response

Through our Bangladeshi partner, Young Power in Social Action (YPSA), Concern is delivering immediate emergency response to affected communities and helping to identify those who are most in need of support and shelter.

Speaking from Dhaka, Concern’s Country Director in Bangladesh, A.K.M. Musha, noted:

Through Young Power in Social Action (YPSA), our partner organisation on the ground, we are providing support to the government in evacuation, search and rescue. We are monitoring the situation and are ready to provide additional support to the affected people.

45 years in Bangladesh

Bangladesh is just over twice the size of the island of Ireland but has a population that is over 25 times larger, making it one of the most densely populated countries in the world.

Concern has been working with the people of Bangladesh to address the vicious cycle of poverty, develop resilience and respond to natural disasters for over 45 years. Our long-established and strong partnerships with leading local partners such as YPSA allow us to deliver an immediate and efficient emergency response when disasters like yesterday’s landslides hit.

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