In response to severe flooding that has affected nearly one-third of Bangladesh, the European Union is providing EUR 100,000 (almost 10 million Bangladeshi taka) as humanitarian aid to assist the most vulnerable communities.
The aid will directly benefit 25,000 affected people in some of the hardest hit areas in the districts of Jamalpur, Sylhet, Sirajganj, Kurigram, Lalmonirhat and Tangail, says a statement of the EU Delegation in Bangladesh today.
The EU funding will support the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) in delivering much-needed assistance through the distribution of cash grants for those worst affected by the floods.
The aid will also help evacuate people to safe shelters with their assets and livestock, deliver food packs, water purification units, tarpaulins and essential household items, as well as providing first aid treatment, it said.
The loss of crops and agricultural land will significantly impact Bangladesh's long-term food security and the health system, already strained by the pandemic.
Wells and other sources of drinking water have been contaminated by flood water, forcing people to drink unsafe water from contaminated sources, it added.