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EU releases €1.2 million to support Bangladesh flood victims


Dhaka – 3 Oct — In response to the widespread floods that have swept across large parts of Bangladesh in recent weeks, the European Union is providing €1.2 million (BDT 114.2 million) in emergency relief funding to assist the most affected populations. This allocation is part of a larger regional allocation of €2 million in response to floods in South Asia.“The countries in South Asia are facing some of their worst floods in decades, which are resulting in a large-scale humanitarian situation affecting millions. It is especially in these hard times that EU solidarity makes a difference: our support will reach those most in need and help them recover from the devastating losses they have suffered,” said Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides.
EU support will provide life-saving assistance, prioritising shelter, food assistance, water and sanitation, health and protection to those affected by the floods, while restoring the safety and dignity of the most vulnerable populations. The funding will be channelled through the European Commission’s European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations department (ECHO).
Floods in Bangladesh have affected some 8 million people, with 147 dead and 5 634 people currently living in temporary shelters. Over 740 000 houses have been damaged or completely destroyed, and thousands of kilometres of roads and rail lines have been severely damaged. Across all affected districts, water-borne diseases pose an additional threat.
Since 2001, the European Union has invested over €23 million to fund Disaster Risk Reduction and preparedness programmes in Bangladesh, supporting – among others – initiatives such as the building of flood-resistant infrastructures and the reinforcement of Early Warning Systems. – Press release


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