Floods hit thousands

LONDON: Floods, landslides and a cyclone have made at least 180,000 people in Bangladesh homeless, with thousands living in makeshift shelters on river banks, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies on Tuesday.

More than 1.5 million people have been hit by the disasters which destroyed around 30,000 homes, the IFRC said as it launched an appeal for 857,000 Swiss francs ($909,000). Many families with young children and the elderly have been left homeless.

They are living in makeshift shelters on embankments and river banks.