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Bangladesh (GFA/MNN) ― Nearly half a million Bangladeshis were homeless after heavy storms dumped up to a foot of rain in Bangladesh and its neighbor, Manipur, India.  

The rains caused flash flooding.  In Bangladesh, 17 people have been confirmed dead, dozens more are missing and thousands are unable to return to their flooded homes.

Tidal surges created by three days of storms caused the flooding.  The most vulnerable were people who were living in huts made of bamboo and straw,  which could not stand up to the five-foot waves.   As a result, thousands of Bangladeshis are living in shelters, waiting for the water to subside.

“This is another heartbreaking crisis for one of the most poor, downtrodden countries in the world,” said Gospel for Asia President K.P. Yohannan. “It is another opportunity for us to show Christ’s love by responding to the suffering as He would have us do.”

Gospel for Asia’s Compassion Services teams are already in Bangladesh reaching out to the people with practical help and the hope of Jesus.

“As has happened in the past, we have our people on the ground who are able to respond to these who are in desperate need,” Yohannan said. “They are already responding to this, we just need to get them more help.”

Floodwaters also swept across much of neighboring Manipur, India, damaging several GFA-supported churches and Bridge of Hope centers, and affecting  55,000 households.  

Four rivers overflowed their banks,  inundating harvest-ready paddy fields and destroying  fish farms and other crops.  The worst damage is in the Imphal City, where people did all they could to move their families and few meager belongings to higher ground.

Four Bridge of Hope centers and one church also sustained damage. The buildings will be closed until the water recedes and necessary repairs can be made.  Several GFA workers from the Bridge of Hope centers, as well as the missionaries, are dealing with flooded homes, too.

GFA-supported missionaries are distributing emergency food rations, dry clothing and bed linens and other household items to the victims. Most importantly, the teams are taking time to listen and pray with the people. You can help. Click here.