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Bangladesh struggles to cope with cyclone aftermath

Aid workers distribute clothes to storm survivors at Fasiatala, 350km south west of the capital Dhaka, November 21,2007. Thousands of people made homeless by last week's devastating Bangladesh cyclone are still waiting for aid to reach them, relief workers and local media said on Thursday. REUTERS/Rafiqur Rahman

DHAKA (Reuters) - Thousands of people made homeless by last week’s devastating Bangladesh cyclone are still waiting for aid to reach them, relief workers and local media said on Thursday.

While the Bangladesh army was supervising the relief operations, food, clothing and shelter was not reaching all those in need.

“There is still a lack of coordination in the field level,” the widely read Dhaka daily, Samakal.

Reporters on the scene said food, medicine and drinking water were reaching survivors, but many were being left out. Diarrhea and other diseases have broken out in some affected districts.

Thousands of families on the country’s battered coastline are living in the open, as early winter cold and fog make their lives more miserable a week after the cyclone that killed around 3,500 people.

Cyclone Sidr was the worst disaster to hit Bangladesh since 1991 when another cyclone killed around 143,000 people.

Writing by Anis Ahmed; Additional reporting by Serajul Islam Quadir and Mohammad Nurul Islam in Cox’s Bazar; Editing by David Fox

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