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EU supports early action in Bangladesh anticipating severe floods

  • Published at 01:36 pm July 7th, 2020
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File photo: Houses in Kurigram submerged in the flood water on Monday, June 29, 2020 Dhaka Tribune

EU’s aid will benefit over 3,300 families in some of the areas hit hardest by the floods

The European Union (EU) is providing €100,000 for early anticipatory action to reduce the negative impact on the most affected communities due to floods in Bangladesh.

EU's aid is coming in response to the severe flooding that submerged many parts of Bangladesh in late June, reports UNB.

The aid will benefit over 3,300 families in some of the hardest hit areas in Kurigram, Gaibandha, and Jamalpur districts, said the EU Embassy in Bangladesh on Tuesday.

The EU funding supports the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society in using reliable scientific forecast information and risk analysis to foresee the potential impact of the floods, and to take early actions aimed at reducing human suffering, losses and damage.

The aid includes evacuating the most vulnerable communities to safe shelters with their assets and livestock, providing unconditional cash grants, as well as providing first aid treatment. 

The funding provided is part of the EU's overall contribution to the Forecast-based Action (FbA) by the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

Heavy monsoon rainfall triggered extensive floods in northern and eastern areas of Bangladesh, causing extensive damage to homes and farmlands across the nation’s vast northern regions.

Thousands of people have found themselves marooned or displaced, said the EU.

The flooding could affect up to a million households over the first days of July, it said.

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