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Copy of UNICEF issues appeal for Bangladesh flood victims

13 million dollars needed to combat health emergency for children

NEW YORK/GENEVA/BANGLADESH, 30 July 2004 - In the aftermath of the worst floods to hit Bangladesh since 1998, 25 million people are now affected. In the capital, Dhaka, and other population centres the sewerage system has collapsed. 1.5 million people have taken refuge in temporary shelters. Almost 60% of them are children, who are most vulnerable to life threatening water borne diseases. 
Urgent funds are needed to supply 60 million water purification tablets, intravenous supplies to manage diarrhoea and cholera outbreaks; and food for infants and children. Ensuring sanitation and a supply of clean water to shelters is also a priority.

The floods have affected an estimated 30,000 schools, and shut down 15,000 primary schools altogether. Temporary learning centres need to be established and supplied with teaching materials.

During the upheaval of this natural disaster children, particularly girls, are at greater risk of exploitation and trafficking. 

Before this appeal UNICEF has already distributed 

  •  25,000 intravenous fluid bags
  •  2 million water purification tablets (with 3 million on order)
  •  26 metric tons of oral rehydration salt
  •  100 metric tons of blended food 
  •  10,000 jerry cans
  •  200 new hand pumps

The required funds will be broken down as follows:

  •  Health and Nutrition:     $5,000,000
  •  Water and Environmental Sanitation:     5,000,000
  •  Education:        1,000,000
  •  Child Protection:          500,000
  •  Programme Support:          500,000
  •  Recovery Cost:       1,440,000

Total:  $13,440,000

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For more information, please contact:

Naseem-Ur Rehman, UNICEF Bangladesh, 880 171595045,
Oliver Phillips, UNICEF New York, 212 326 7583,
Kate Donovan, UNICEF New York, 212 326 7452

For nearly 60 years UNICEF has been the world’s leader for children, working on the ground in 158 countries to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence.  The world’s largest provider of vaccines for poor countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, quality basic education for all boys and girls, access to clean water and sanitation, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS.  UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of governments, businesses, foundations and individuals, and through our National Committees for UNICEF we sell greeting cards and other products that help advance humanity.




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