The European Union is providing 1.65 million euro in humanitarian aid funding in response to severe flooding that has affected South Asia, most notably Bangladesh, Nepal and India.
The EU Embassy in Dhaka on Tuesday informed that the support comes on top of the €1.8 million announced earlier this year to support families affected by a series of disasters, including Cyclone Amphan that ravaged India and Bangladesh in May, bringing the total EU support to victims of disasters in the region to €3.45 million.
The flooding has affected some 17.5 million people, wiping out homes, livelihoods such as livestock and agricultural lands, and destroying vital infrastructure, including roads, hospitals, and schools.
"The monsoon rains across South Asia have been particularly devastating this year and this urgent contribution will help our humanitarian partners on the ground in providing crucial support to those who have lost their shelters, belongings, and sources of livelihood," said TaheeniThammannagoda, who oversees EU humanitarian programs in Asia and the Pacific.
"Focusing on the worst affected countries, we're providing the means for people to survive through this difficult time so that they can get back on their feet as soon as possible."