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Field Surveys Show Massive Harvest Losses in Coastal Bangladesh

With Cyclone Sidr’s devastating human toll continuing to climb past 5,000 (with more than 3 million people affected), Action Against Hunger’s field teams have just announced more disquieting news: initial field surveys suggest upwards of 95% of all harvests were lost in the coastal regions of Bangladesh. Beyond the cyclone’s immediate devastation, the near total destruction of once productive lands exacerbates the crisis by threatening future self-sufficiency in the region.

Saving Lives in Bangladesh: Emergency Response to Cyclone Sidr

In response to the devastating cyclone that touched down in southern Bangladesh on November 15, international humanitarian organization Action Against Hunger (ACF) has dispatched emergency crews and life-saving materials to the region to supplement teams already on the ground at the time of the disaster. A natural disaster of significant proportions, the cyclone has killed more than 3,000 people to date and left a swath of destruction affecting some 3 million people.

Devastating Floods Sweep Bangladesh

Though water levels continue to subside following the devastating floods in Bangladesh, affected populations remain in a precarious situation. Access to water and hygiene is still limited, risking outbreaks of disease and epidemics. In light of this, Action Against Hunger is launching an emergency operation in Shariatpur district, south of Dhaka.

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About Action Against Hunger | ACF International

Action Against Hunger is internationally recognized as a leader in the fight against global malnutrition. Action Against Hunger works to save the lives of malnourished children while providing communities with access to safe water and sustainable solutions to hunger. With over 30 years of expertise in emergency situations of conflict, natural disaster, and chronic food insecurity, Action Against Hunger runs life-saving programs in some 40 countries benefiting 5 million people each year.

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