Ansar Ahmed Ullah
Contributing Editor, Shottobani
London: The UK’s International Development Secretary has today announced that the Department for International Development (DFID) will allocate further support to the flood response in Nepal and Bangladesh. Monsoon flooding and landslides have affected an estimated 8mn and 1.7mn people in Bangladesh and Nepal respectively.
The International Development Secretary, Priti Patel said, ‘The devastating flooding in South Asia is truly heart-breaking. Entire communities have lost their homes, their livelihoods and their loved ones. The UK has stepped up to support the region, our pre-positioned relief supplies ensured thousands of people received immediate support and we continue to provide assistance to vulnerable people who have lost everything.’
This announcement is the latest support the UK has provided to Bangladesh and Nepal. This includes in Bangladesh, the UK’s START fund has already allocated £660,000 for NGOs working to provide food, financial assistance, water and sanitation quickly to 62,000 people in the worst affected areas. The UK is also funding work to assess needs and humanitarian staffing to lead effective coordination of responses.
Floods occur annually during Bangladesh’s monsoon season and the Government of Bangladesh has well established response mechanisms in place. The Start Fund is a global multi-donor humanitarian response fund managed by consortia of NGOs that provides rapid funding within 72 hours of an emergency unfolding. The fund has specific resources earmarked to respond to emergencies in Bangladesh. DFID Bangladesh is also providing £3m to help communities to recover from the impact of floods earlier in the year.