(BWA) Baptist World Aid, the relief and development arm of the Baptist World Alliance has received cries of help from two BWA member bodies in Bangladesh, the Baptist Sangha and the Fellowship, following Cyclone Sidr.

They have already been feeding cyclone survivors and distributing food. The SHED Board, the Sangha’s relief department has already made a commitment to assist 150 families to rebuild their homes.

Although it is reported that over 2,000 people have perished, that number could have been more but for the work of the government and voluntary agencies to build cyclone shelters and conduct disaster preparedness training.

BWAid is supporting this relief work and has launched a worldwide appeal for funds. “Once again the poorest of the poor have been hit worst, and need our full support,” said BWAid director Paul Montacute. “We will be working with Baptists in Bangladesh, the Asian Pacific Baptist Federation and other Baptist groups in providing help and assistance.”

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