Photo courtesy of Baptist Global Response
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--A Southern Baptist relief worker surveys the damage in a village devastated by Cyclone Sidr just a couple of weeks earlier. It was a poor community even before the 150-mph winds wrecked the houses and salt water killed their rice crop.
"One family beckoned me to come and see their house -– or at least where their house was," said Francis Horton, Central and South Asia area director for Baptist Global Response, a Southern Baptist international development and relief organization. "A dirt foundation was all that was left and the owner told me he didn't know where the wood frame and tin walls were now. A 15-foot wave had taken them.
"I asked the man how he was rebuilding, who was helping him, and he said, 'We are building our house from dust.' All he had to work with was whatever material and debris he could find lying around."
The death toll from Cyclone Sidr, which struck the coast of Bangladesh Nov. 15, has topped 3,500 and -– with another 1,000 people still missing -– and is expected go higher. The cyclone also wiped out about 95 percent of the coastal rice crop -– the main source of food in many villages.
"Crop destruction is a big problem because the salty water wiped out most of the rice crops, taking away a large portion of this year's income as well as seed for next year's crop," Horton said. "Southern Baptist world hunger and general relief funds are bringing much-needed relief to cyclone survivors and connecting people in need with people who care. Read More