TORONTO, November 22 /PRNewswire/ --

"CBM urgently needs help for the most vulnerable people affected by the recent flooding in Bangladesh," says Prof. Allen Foster President of CBM.

The latest report says the death toll in the fiercest cyclone to hit Bangladesh's southern and southwestern coastal area in over 130 years has climbed to over 2,300.

"Our staff and partners on the ground are reporting that many people with disabilities living in poverty are really suffering from this latest disaster. These people desperately need our assistance," says Foster.

Relief aid is needed immediately to save these people and their families from starving. Rehabilitation aid is also required to cover medical costs and reinstate these people back into normal life.

"It's hard to imagine the feelings of a blind or physically disabled person as they're caught in the devastation caused by the cyclone and rising waters," states Foster.

CBM's projects to aid the 23,000 people with disabilities and their families are located in the five districts of Bangladesh which were severely affected by the recent devastating cyclone: Barisal, Bogona, Patuakhali, Satkhira and Jhalukati.

Around 3.1 million people of 880,000 families are now homeless as the storm shattered their houses made of wood and bamboo.

Most food crops were completely damaged and 242,000 domestic animals and poultry perished during the cyclone.

Just to add to the devastation, a total of 50 educational institutions were completely ruined in the storms while 4,046 institutions were partially destroyed.

CBM urgently needs your help to meet the needs of those who are too challenged to fend for themselves.

CBM is an expert at helping people with disabilities throughout the developing world.

Web site:

For further information: or interviews with Prof, Foster Please contact Lindsay O'Connor, Media Manager, CBM Nibelungenstrabe 124 - 128, 64625 Bensheim, Germany, phone 49-(0)-6251-131-122, cell (647)-202-3445, lindsay.oconnor(at), ; NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: A photo accompanying this release is available on the CNW Photo Network and archived at Additional archived images are also available on the CNW Photo Archive website at Images are free to accredited members of the media