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URGENT

Information Session

Topic: Bangladesh Flood Situation: Report from the Ground

Hosted by: South Asia Partnership Canada

Date: 		Thursday, September 17, 1998

Time: 		10 to 12 PM

At:		South Asia Partnership Canada
		1 Nicholas Street, Suite: 200
		Ottawa

Presentations by: Qazi Faruque Ahmed, President, Proshika and Chairperson,
Association of Development Agencies in Bangladesh (ADAB), will brief at
this session on the latest situation in Bangladesh and the NGO initiatives
to address this crisis, from Dhaka by phone. Participants will also have
opportunity to ask questions to him.

As well, Dr. Nasiruddin, Director, Voluntary Health Services Society
(VHSS), Bangladesh and Asian Representative on the Board of  Directors, USC
Canada, who is coming from Dhaka the day before,  will be speaking at the
session.

Background: Bangladesh is experiencing the  longest and worst floods in its
recent history. The devastating floods this year have already stayed more
than six weeks. According to the weather forecast the flooding will
continue to rack the country until the end of this month. With water levels
still rising in the country- more than two thirds of which is submerged-
about 800 people were reported dead and hopes of replanting lost crops by
mid-September have disappeared.  More than 30 million people are homeless.
Total food deficit may stand at over four million tones. According to the
United Nations Disaster Management Team, a large number of farmers would
not receive income from present production season, which may result in
serious economic loss and poverty.

For more information:
Faruq Faisel, South Asia Partnership Canada
Phone: (613) 241 1333, Fax: (613) 241 1129, 
E-mail: sap@web.net



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