The Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China is partnering with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Bangladesh for the first time, to help the numerous families and individuals worst affected by the recent flooding in northern Bangladesh recover and return to their normal lives.
In Bangladesh, the 2017 South-Asian monsoon floods inundated the northern flood plains of the country, leaving 320,000 people still in need of support to repair their homes and replace their belongings once the flood water receded, said a press release.
“China has been increasingly supporting developing countries in humanitarian relief and recovery as well as advance the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. This is partnership is a reflection of South-South Cooperation” said UNDP Bangladesh Country Director Sudipto Mukerjee as quoted in the release.
“It is expected that after this first of its kind initiative, UNDP and Chinese Government will explore other areas of collaboration, especially relating to disaster management and early recovery in Bangladesh,” he added.
Through this partnership, the Chinese government is providing $4 million to support recovery efforts for the 13,910 most flood affected families in Nilphamari, Lalmonirhat, Kurigram, Gaibandha, and Bogra districts.
UNDP Bangladesh, in collaboration with the Department of Disaster Management under Bangladesh’s Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief, will facilitate the process of providing emergency shelters and household items in preparation for the upcoming winter months.
In addition, UNDP is also partnering with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to ensure that 14,000 flood-affected women and girls receive health packages and 125 health workers receive emergency health response kits to serve the basic health needs of women and girls.