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In Pictures: Quake-affected communities receive a cash boost to begin life anew and turn their houses into homes

The wind was blowing hot and dry across the small lane nestled between the community hall and a row of shops when villagers from Dolago, Palu, began to arrive to meet with the Indonesian Red Cross (Palang Merah Indonesia) staff and volunteers, and representatives from a local bank to set up their new bank accounts. This is the first step for communities to receiving an unconditional cash grant amounting to 430 Swiss Francs or 440 US Dollars.

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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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