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EU donates €1.5m to Mora victims in Bangladesh, Myanmar

  • Published at 10:58 am July 6th, 2017
EU donates €1.5m to Mora victims in Bangladesh, Myanmar
The European Commission is providing € 1.5m in humanitarian aid funding for emergency relief assistance to populations affected by Tropical Cyclone Mora, which ripped through parts of Bangladesh and Myanmar in late May. The aid will be targeted at the most vulnerable people in storm-struck localities of the two neighbouring countries. Christos Stylianides, EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management said: “Cyclone Mora has left tens of thousands of people in Bangladesh and Myanmar in dire need of humanitarian assistance. These families have lost their homes, belongings and often their sources of income. “With this new contribution from the EU, emergency support will be provided to those most in need to ensure they have shelters to keep them safe and are better equipped with means to survive this hard time.” Out of the total funding, €1m will be dedicated to addressing the urgent humanitarian needs in Bangladesh, where Tropical Cyclone Mora has affected the lives of close to three million people.
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According to data made available by the Government of Bangladesh, some 52 000 houses have been damaged or destroyed, leaving over 200 000 people displaced. The worst-hit area is Cox’s Bazar district, in the South East of the country. A further €500 000 will be used to provide emergency humanitarian assistance to cyclone-affected populations in Myanmar, particularly in the northern part of Rakhine State where widespread destruction has been reported. According to the most recent assessments, the cyclone has left close to 50 000 structures in the area damaged, including more than 21 000 houses and shelters for internally displaced people (IDP), and over 26 000 sanitation facilities. The EU funding, which will be channelled through the Commission’s European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), will support the EU’s humanitarian partners on the ground in implementing emergency relief programmes in cyclone-hit areas. The aid will focus on responding to the most pressing needs, which include the provision of emergency shelter and food assistance as well as access to clean water, health care services, sanitation facilities and good hygiene practices. Tropical Cyclone Mora made landfall along the south-eastern coast of Bangladesh on 30th May, killing nine people. Both Bangladesh and Myanmar are currently experiencing their annual monsoon seasons and the imminent rain will likely worsen the situation.
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