A desperate and largely unknown humanitarian crisis is deteriorating in the Lake Chad Basin region of West Africa, forcing millions of people to flee their homes and leaving millions more in need of humanitarian assistance. Oxfam is providing life-saving support but help is urgently needed to prevent the crisis turning into a catastrophe.
When Cyclone Aila swept across southern Bangladesh and eastern India on 25 May 2009, it caused widespread damage and affected around three million people.
In both countries, the cyclone caused a tidal surge which broke through poorly maintained coastal embankments.
With the threat of an impending monsoon, communities are still waiting for damaged embankments to be rebuilt so that they can return to their homes.
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