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Flood health crisis looms in Dhaka

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posted on Jul, 30 2004 @ 04:56 PM
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Disappointed that the ATS news team didn't care, about I am posting the news now. Just think about the numbers, it is really a massive catastrophe and more important than the usual "oh a german" or "oh an american" is dead incident report.



A massive health crisis is looming in Bangladesh as sewage mixes with floodwaters swirling through Dhaka, the capital of the South Asian country.

The United Nations warns that millions of people face a heightened risk of disease and has called for an international aid effort.

Already, almost 500 people thoughout the country have died in the floods and more than 25 million have been displaced.


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But I understand. Americans want those people dead



UNICEF has been distributing water purification tablets and setting up latrines at flood shelters. Other U.N. agencies are supplying high-energy food and essential drugs.

UNICEF has been distributing water purification tablets and setting up latrines at flood shelters. Other U.N. agencies are supplying high-energy food and essential drugs.


And as we know most of them want to disband the UN. Without UN those people would suffer even more and hundreds of thousands would probably die. But UN is just bad, eh?



I am just playing guys
but I am fed up with the extreme anti-un opinions. And furthermore that such news as reported isn't newsworthy for ATS but far more unimportant stuff is.
Unbiased? Gotta laugh about that


[edit on 30-7-2004 by shoo]




posted on Jul, 30 2004 @ 05:24 PM
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my apologies for not covering this story on ATSNN, for some reason I believed i had seen an article on it already, but i couldn't find it using the search engine, perhaps, i saw in on another site...who knows. but i apologize for not giving it the attention it requires.

This situation in Bangladesh is definitely a tragic one, this year's monsoon has been the worse in almost ten years. Currently the death toll stands at over 700 and thousands are now homeless and suffering from water borne diseases. i for one appreciate the U.N's efforts there, unfortunately you are not hearing much on this story in the American media, no call for help and donations, nothing to help those poor people. I hate to say it, but i do feel its true, no-one cares, same as how they don't care about the deaths in Africa. I hate to think that perhaps the reason for lack of caring is due to the color of the people's skin or religious preference, but honestly I don't know what else could be the reason as why Americans show so much indifference, the country does have a population of over 140 million with 83% of them being muslim.


Homeless people crowd 4,830 flood shelters: UN, donors, aid agencies pledge more assistance
Deluge to cause more damages with decline of water levels.The Disaster Management Ministry recorded 16 more "flood- related" deaths overnight totalling the official toll in the past three weeks of flooding to 489 while the figure exceeded 500 according to different unconfirmed reports.

According to Health Department, diarrhoea and other waterborne diseases inflicted nearly 7,000 people overnight in past 24 hours while the diseases officially claimed 30 lives in the past two weeks including three in 24 hours.

Highest 1,026 cases of diarrhoea infliction was reported from the capital Dhaka where the number of admitted patients in specialised ICDDR,B alone was 515 today. Skin diseases too were reported from the deluge-hit areas.



posted on Jul, 30 2004 @ 06:05 PM
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Originally posted by worldwatcher
i for one appreciate the U.N's efforts there, unfortunately you are not hearing much on this story in the American media, no call for help and donations, nothing to help those poor people.


Same here. Sure there is a lot of stuff that the people can donate money to but, hell, 25 million people homeless. Hundreds of thousands in danger without medics and fresh water.

By all tragedy that's involved in Sudan, this one could become bigger. But as I said, also here in Germany it's just a "sidenote" news.


[edit on 30-7-2004 by shoo]



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