UN announces additional $5 million flash flood aid for Bangladesh – Bangladesh
- The UN has announced a $5 million allocation for flash flood relief. Funding comes from the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).
Following a coordinated appeal by the United Nations Country Team in Bangladesh, Martin Griffiths, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, announced the allocation of $5 million for flood relief flash.
More than 7.2 million people have been affected by the recent floods in the northeast of the country and more than half of those affected are in need of humanitarian assistance.
Funding comes from the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), which aims to launch relief efforts in a coordinated and prioritized manner when a new crisis emerges. The objective of CERF’s rapid response request is to provide immediate, high-impact life-saving assistance to the most affected and vulnerable households.
The UN Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh, Gwyn Lewis, explained how her recent visit to the flood-affected areas was sobering: “The scale of the floods in the region is more dramatic than any that have been known to recent memory. Many families literally lost everything they owned. Many are still living in shelters: the floodwaters are receding very slowly and their homes are completely destroyed. There is an urgent need to step up our support for the government’s emergency response.
This brings the current funding for the Humanitarian Response Plan to USD 12 million (112 crore), or about 20% of the identified USD 58.4 million needed.
The Humanitarian Response Plan prioritizes life-saving assistance, including emergency food security assistance, water and sanitation interventions, and protection interventions targeting women and girls.
The UN is supporting the government and providing food aid, clean water, cash, emergency medicine, water purification tablets, dignity and hygiene kits to affected families and education support.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has provided assistance, including water, nutrition and protection services, to nearly one million people. WFP distributed 85 tons of fortified biscuits to 34,000 households, while the World Health Organization (WHO) provided 250,000 water purification tablets. For its part, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) helped pregnant women access hospitals and positioned midwives to provide emergency obstetric support. WHO provided 250,000 water purification tablets to affected people. 13.5 million Aquatabs and some 220,000 medical items were donated by UNHCR. IOM also provided 6 million Aquatabs and 6,000 jerry cans, as well as 8,233 sets of tarpaulins and ropes. Leading national and international NGOs are providing life-saving emergency response in the worst affected areas, including the provision of essential cash assistance, clean water, shelter and emergency sanitation under the leadership of the government.
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