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Bangladesh: Coldest winter in 45 years/CARE distributes blankets
January 21, 2013
January 21, 2013: This year Bangladesh has experienced its coldest winter in the last forty-five years. Temperature dropped to two degree Celsius in some areas in the North. The cold waves began sweeping across the country from last year mid-December. Based on the three-month forecast (December 2012 to February 2013) from the Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD), there will be moderate to severe cold waves in the country in January.

Those who suffer most are the extreme poor, many of whom have no proper shelter and therefore no defense against the cold.

The Government of Bangladesh has been very promptly responded to the cold waves and has targeted to reach more than two million households in the most vulnerable districts.

Like many national and international organizations, CARE is responding to the cold wave and distributed almost 30,000 blankets in the districts of Gaibandha, Kurigram, Rangpur, Nilphamari and Lalmonirhat. Each family received two blankets. In total, CARE plans to reach more than 42,000 households in the most severely affected districts with much needed blankets.

Furthermore, CARE Bangladesh is currently preparing for the next phase to reach an additional 28,000 households under its cold wave response. CARE Bangladesh's initiative to respond to the cold wave is funded by the CARE International, USAID, DFID through Shiree and ECHO. Also with the immense support from the implementing partner NGOs, the local government authorities and the community people, CARE continues to extend humanitarian assistance to people in need.

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