European Union brings relief to the victims of cyclone Bulbul in Bangladesh
Dhaka, 27 November 2019 – The European Union is allocating €140 000 EUR (BDT 13.17 million) to provide crucial humanitarian assistance to families affected by the recent cyclone Bulbul that struck many parts of southern Bangladesh in early November. The aid will directly benefit 17,500 people in some of the hardest-hit areas in the districts of Barguna, Bhola, Pirojpur, Bagerhat, Khulna, and Satkhira.
This EU funding supports the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) in delivering much-needed assistance through the distribution of dry food items and shelter materials, such as tarpaulins and blankets, to those who have lost their homes and belongings. Cash grants are also being provided to enable the most vulnerable families to meet their basic needs and sustain their day-to-day livelihoods following the loss of income sources.
The funding is part of the EU’s overall contribution to the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).
More than 720,000 people were affected when Cyclone Bulbul ripped through the southern region of Bangladesh on 10 November. After making landfall near Sagar Island in the southern part of India’s West Bengal, packing winds of up to 120 kilometres per hour, the storm weakened as it made its way to Bangladesh. It still however led to incessant rain and strong winds that caused devastating damage in a number of localities in its paths, particularly those along the coastlines. An estimated 110,000 houses sustained damage, while nearly 118,000 hectares of croplands and numerous fish enclosures -- the main source of livelihoods for many -- were ravaged, according to government data. The districts of Khulna and Satkhira are the worst-hit areas where 75 per cent of the affected populations have been reported.
The European Union together with its Member States is the world's leading donor of humanitarian aid. Relief assistance is an expression of European solidarity towards people in need around the world. It aims to save lives, prevent and alleviate human suffering, and safeguard the integrity and human dignity of populations affected by natural disasters and man-made crises.
Through its European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), the European Union helps over 120 million victims of conflicts and disasters every year. For more information, please visit ECHO's website.
The European Commission has signed a €3 million humanitarian contribution agreement with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF). Funds from the DREF are mainly allocated to “small-scale” disasters – those that do not give rise to a formal international appeal.
The Disaster Relief Emergency Fund was established in 1985 and is supported by contributions from donors. Each time a National Red Cross or Red Crescent Society needs immediate financial support to respond to a disaster, it can request funds from the DREF. For small-scale disasters, the IFRC allocates grants from the Fund, which can then be replenished by the donors. The contribution agreement between the IFRC and ECHO enables the latter to replenish the DREF for agreed operations (that fit in with its humanitarian mandate) up to a total of €3 million.
For further information, please contact:
Peter Biro, Regional Information Officer for Asia and the Pacific, European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO): email@example.com