Friday, 31 March, 2023

UK announces addl fund for Bangladesh’s flood victims

UK announces addl fund for Bangladesh’s flood victims

The United Kingdom (UK) has decided to contribute an additional £500,000 (Taka 60.6 million) in humanitarian support to respond to last year’s flooding in Sylhet region, in which 7.2m people were affected.

Delivered by BRAC, this funding will provide water, shelter, livelihood opportunities, and improved nutrition for people affected in Sunamganj and Sylhet.

 “Last year’s devastating floods in the Sylhet region underlined that Bangladesh remains vulnerable to the impacts of climate change,” said UK Development Director in Bangladesh Matt Cannell, reports BSS.

This new UK support will ensure safe water and shelter for nearly 1,000 af fected households and restore livelihoods and food security for more than 5,000 affected households.

BRAC Executive Director Asif Saleh said the floods in northeastern Bangladesh, which affected over 7.2 million people in June 2022, were the worst to hit Bangladesh in the last two decades.

Significant efforts were undertaken to provide emergency response to meet immediate needs, but sustained humanitarian support is direly needed to help people recover and rebuild their lives, he added.