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EU ramps up Remal response with addl aid worth €700,000

UNB . Dhaka
23 Jun 2024 14:40:21 | Update: 23 Jun 2024 17:05:04
EU ramps up Remal response with addl aid worth €700,000
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The European Union (EU) has made available additional assistance worth €0.7 million for people affected by Cyclone Remal.

This brings the EU’s total contribution for this emergency close to €2 million. 

The EU’s funding will reinforce the ongoing emergency response of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), said the EU Embassy in Dhaka on Sunday.

Out of the total, €200,000 are newly released as part of the EU's overall contribution to IFRC’s Disaster Response Emergency Fund (DREF), while the remaining €500,000 come from previous funding reserves in the framework of the EU’s partnership with IFRC.

These funds will support actions targeting 650,000 people and focusing on the most vulnerable groups, including children, women, and people with disabilities.

Aid will include multipurpose cash assistance to help the most affected population meet their needs, giving them the flexibility to pay for the things they need most, for example food, clothing, or medicines.

Among other actions, mobile medical teams will provide primary health care services to the affected population, including mental health and psychosocial support and first aid.

In addition, disease prevention and health promotion campaigns will help prevent insect- and water-transmitted diseases, by raising awareness about safe water practices, sanitation, and hygiene.

The latter is particularly important ahead of the upcoming monsoon season.

Cyclone Remal made landfall in Bangladesh on May 26, 2024.

The cyclone wreaked havoc on land for nearly 48 hours and was accompanied by extremely heavy rainfall that caused severe flooding.

On 3 June, the EU announced €1.2 million initial funding to swiftly assist victims of cyclone Remal in Bangladesh and India.