Bangladesh: European Union Donates €1.5 Million For Flood Victims In Satkhira and Jessore

Published on 19 October 2011

A 1.5 million euros (BDT 15 crore) donation from ECHO, the humanitarian aid department of the European Union, has allowed the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to step up food distributions to victims of recent flooding in Satkhira and Jessore districts.

A 1.5 million euros (BDT 15 crore) donation from ECHO, the humanitarian aid department of the European Union, has allowed the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to step up food distributions to victims of recent flooding in Satkhira and Jessore districts.

The donation allowed WFP to purchase 2,400 metric tons of rice and 180 tons of pulses,  enough to provide for the food needs of 30,000 of the worst affected people for two months.

“This timely donation has allowed us to continue our food assistance to flood victims who are still struggling to rebuild their lives,” said WFP Bangladesh Country Director Christa Räder. “In many parts of the Satkhira and Jessore the floodwaters have been slow to recede, meaning it has been impossible for many people to return to their homes.”

In addition to general food distributions, the donation will also mean WFP can provide nutritious wheat-soya blend – fortified with key vitamins and minerals – for the essential dietary needs of children under the age of  two and their mothers, for four months. The distributions are being carried out through WFP’s existing Enhancing Resilience programme which helps the most vulnerable families cope with the impact of climate change.

Heavy rainfall in the south-western  districts since July caused severe flooding, with vast areas of Satkhira and Jessore submerged and thousands of people stranded, with very limited access to food and water. When the floods first hit, WFP’s emergency response provided 110 tons of high-energy biscuits from contingency stocks already available in-country.

ECHO has been one of the key donors to food assistance programmes in Bangladesh and  has given approximately US$6.1 million  to WFP for operations in Bangladesh since 2009.