Staff Correspondent ;
Dhaka – The European Union has sent a small amount of grant money in response to sever flooding that submerged parts of Bangladesh last month, a press statement said on Tuesday.
Dhaka office of the EU said it is providing EUR 100,000 (some 9.6 million Bangladeshi taka) for early anticipatory action to reduce the negative impact on the most affected communities.
The aid will benefit over 3,300 families in some of the hardest hit areas in Kurigram, Gaibandha and Jamalpur districts, it added.
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 conduct 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, according to the statement.
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. The flood caused extensive damage to homes and farmlands across the delta nation’s vast northern regions.
Thousands of people have found themselves marooned or displaced. The flooding could affect up to a million households over the first days of July.