EU provides Tk 10m for flood victims

Diplomatic Correspondent

5 August, 2020 12:00 AM printer

In response to severe flooding that has affected nearly one-third of Bangladesh, the European Union is providing €100,000, equivalent to Tk 10 million, in humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable communities.

The aid will directly benefit 25,000 people in some of the hardest hit areas in the districts of Jamalpur, Sylhet, Sirajganj, Kurigram, Lalmonirhat and Tangail, said the EU on Monday.

The EU funding supports the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) in delivering much-needed assistance through the distribution of cash grants that will cover the most urgent needs for those affected by the floods.

The aid will also help evacuate people to safe shelters with their assets and livestock, deliver food packs, water purification units, tarpaulins and essential household items as well as providing first aid.

The funding is part of the EU’s overall contribution to the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

The European Union together with its member states is the world’s leading donor of humanitarian aid.