Bangladesh has appealed for emergency food supplies to help avert a crisis in the country.?
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Background: Bangladesh has appealed for emergency food supplies to help avert a crisis in the country. Severe drought which has hit more than 14 million acres (5.6 hectares) of the nation's farmland will cause a deficit of nearly 2.8 million tons of grain this year, according to recent government statistics.
SYNOPSIS: Water experts in Bangladesh say the drought has caused the ground water level to decrease.
Besides making cultivated land barren, drinking water has been endangered. The drinking of contaminated water has led to an increase in disease.
The drought severely hit Bangladesh in March, affecting the rice crop. The harvest was only half the expected. Scarcity of water has made it impossible to irrigate the land for the next crop.
Some countries and international aid agencies have promised to provide 1.8 million tons of grain, Bangladesh's normal annual shortfall. But this will not meet the extra shortfall caused by the drought.
Bangladesh in one of the world's poorest nations. Food Minister Abdul Momen Khan said recently that the country's food stock will at best only carry it through the next two months. For these children the cycle of undernourishment that previous generations have experienced, seems likely to be repeated.