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In Pictures: Communities in flood-stricken Bangladesh receive cash grants and relief kits to help them rebuild and recover

n the second half of July last year, heavy monsoon rains across Bangladesh, India and Nepal caused disastrous floods that affected the lives of millions of people. In Bangladesh alone, more than 28 districts faced extensive flooding.  More than 7.6 million people lost their houses, farmlands, sources of income, access to clean water, and were exposed to the threat of water-borne diseases. Almost six months after the floods, many people, like Rozina Akter, are still in need of humanitarian assistance.

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In Pictures: Building stronger, more resilient communities in Cox’s Bazar

Nurjahan, together with her children, 10-year-old Mohammod Yunus (left), nine-year-old Norjuna and eight-year-old Mohammod Shofiq, live in a mega camp where  hundreds of thousands of people face rain, strong winds, landslides, and flooding. Two years ago, they walked for 15 days before crossing the Naf River by boat to find safety in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

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Genoa bridge collapse: one year on

On 14 August 2018, a 200-metre section of Ponte Morandi in Genoa, Italy, collapsed. Vehicles plunged 90 metres onto railway tracks, and buildings below, killing 43 people and injuring 29. Together with the military and state authorities, Italian Red Cross search and rescue teams searched for survivors for 26 hours. Altogether 500 Italian Red Cross volunteers took part in the operation that lasted for 35 days.

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