Update August 11, 2020

Dhaka 11-54 pm, 19-September, 2020

EU gives €1 million for Bangladesh flood victims

Mirajul Moin Joy

The European Union (EU) has provided 1.65 million Euro in humanitarian aid funding in response to severe flooding that have affected South Asian countries – Bangladesh, India and Nepal.

Out of the total funding, 1 million euro will be dedicated to addressing the urgent humanitarian needs in Bangladesh, where over two million people are in need of food assistance, water, sanitation, hygiene and emergency shelter, an EU press release said here today.

Beside 500,000 euro and 150,000 euro will be used in India and Nepal respectively to provide food and livelihood assistance, emergency relief supplies, and water and sanitation services.

The support comes on top of the 1.8 million euro announced earlier this year to support families affected by a series of disasters, including Cyclone Amphan that ravaged India and Bangladesh in May, bringing the total EU support to victims of disasters in the region to €3.45 million.

The flooding has affected some 17.5 million people, wiping out homes, livelihoods such as livestock and agricultural lands, and destroying vital infrastructure including roads, hospitals and schools in South Asia.

“The monsoon rains across South Asia have been particularly devastating this year and this urgent contribution will help our humanitarian partners on the ground in providing crucial support to those who have lost their shelters, belongings and sources of livelihood,” said Taheeni Thammannagoda, who oversees EU humanitarian programs in Asia and the Pacific.

The funding is part of the EU’s Acute Large Emergency Response Tool (ALERT) while measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus will be incorporated in all programming.

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