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US, UK stand by flood victims

  • Diplomatic Correspondent
  • 23 June, 2022 12:00 AM
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The United States and the United Kingdom will provide emergency funding of over Tk 7crore to support the families and communities hit hardest by the ongoing floods in Sylhet division and Northern region of Bangladesh.

Of the funding, the UK will provide over Tk 5crore and the US over Tk 2.3 crore. The UK has released additional emergency funding of £442,548 (over taka five crore) to support communities affected by the ongoing floods in Sylhet division.

This brings the UK’s contribution to the flood relief effort in recent weeks to £636,548 (over Tk seven crore), said the British High Commission in Dhaka on Wednesday.

Acting British High Commissioner to Bangladesh, Javed Patel said, “The devastation we have seen from flooding this year in Bangladesh has been heartbreaking. The new emergency funding we have released today will be used to support the most vulnerable through cash assistance, shelter management,  water and sanitation, and educational materials.”

The UK’s funding has been allocated through Start Fund Bangladesh and will be administered through Caritas Bangladesh, Christian Aid, Voluntary Association for Rural Development, and World Vision Bangladesh.

While the United States is providing over Tk 2.3 crore ($244,680) of emergency funding through the US. Agency for International Development (USAID) to deliver critical relief to families and communities hit hardest by this crisis.

The emergency support is coming in response to record-level rainfall and catastrophic flooding across areas of northern Bangladesh, said the US Embassy in Dhaka on Wednesday.

“Some of these areas have not seen floodwaters like this for over 120 years. The United States continues to stand by the government and the people of Bangladesh during these challenging times and will support our partners on the ground to deliver crucial assistance to people in areas most affected by the deluge,” said US Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Helen LaFave on Wednesday.

The United States has provided more than $8 billion in assistance to Bangladesh over the past 50 years. 

Last year alone, USAID provided over $120 million in humanitarian assistance and an additional $200 million to improve the lives of people in Bangladesh through programs that expand food security and economic opportunity, improve health and education, promote democratic institutions and practices, protect the environment, and increase resilience to climate change.