British TV anchor Jackie visits Sidr-hit areas
Saturday, 16 February 2008

Staff Correspondent

British television presenters Jackie and Laurence Llewelyn-Brown have visited Bangladesh's Sidr-hit remote localities to tell Britons back home about the woes of the survivors and their struggle to build life afresh in the ruins.

'Getting back home, they will tell the stories of how November 15 cyclone survivors are fighting to rebuild their homes and what assistance they might need to survive,' Chloe Bayram, the event coordinator of CARE United Kingdom, said on Wednesday after the team concluded its trips to Sarankhola and Morelganj, two badly affected upazilas in Bagrhat district.

The cyclone Sidr stormed into Bangladesh's south-western parts on November 15, leaving nearly 4,000 people dead, levelling hundreds of villages and damaging homes and crops.

Jackie and Laurence Llewelyn-Brown, who recently started television programme called To the Manor Bowen in Britain, have recently signed up as Ambassador for CARE International UK.

The CARE said that it fed 69,000 families and gave 75,000 people access to fresh water, apart from its huge programme for rebuilding damaged homes.

'But from what I have seen this week, it is not just about quick fixes in an emergency—CARE is there for the long and is helping people to literally get back on their feet,' Laurence said after the visit.

The delegation said the people in the southern localities still in need of food. But most of the people say that their priority now is house-building followed by jobs. Many people, three months after the Sidr, are living under makeshift roofs raised beside the roadsides at many places, said Bayram.

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