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European Union helps WFP protect host communities in Teknaf with cash assistance ahead of expected floods

COX’S BAZAR – Thousands of families in flood-prone areas in Teknaf have received mobile money transfers from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) thanks to funding from the European Union (EU) designed to be released upon forecasts of severe weather.

To help people prepare for flash floods expected over the coming days, WFP transferred BDT 4,100 (around US$48) to 1,320 vulnerable Bangladeshi families in Teknaf. As part of the same programme, on June 15 WFP had already transferred BDT 4,100 to 1,000 families three days ahead of expected flash floods.

Supported by the EU, WFP’s forecast-based cash assistance programme in Teknaf helps families protect their livelihoods and assets before a disaster hits. Families receive training on how to best prepare for heavy rains and subsequent hazards, and are warned of expected floods through text messages.

“Acting early is not only cost-effective, but also the best way to save lives,” said Sheila Grudem, WFP Emergency Coordinator in Cox’s Bazar. “We are proud of this partnership with the EU on forecast-based assistance in Teknaf, which protects the livelihoods and dignity of host communities,” Grudem added.

Forecast-based financing is an innovative mechanism through which early preparedness and community actions are planned based on credible meteorological forecasts. Forecast-based assistance is funded and implemented before a disaster strikes, helping minimize losses and damage caused by climate-related hazards, and reducing the need for humanitarian assistance in their aftermath.
 

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The United Nations World Food Programme is the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.  We are the world’s largest humanitarian organization, saving lives in emergencies and using food assistance to build a pathway to peace, stability and prosperity for people recovering from conflict, disasters and the impact of climate change.

 

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Contact

Antoine Vallas, WFP/Cox’s Bazar,
Mob: +880 1321 154 157, antoine.vallas@wfp.org

Atanu Sarma, WFP/Cox’s Bazar,
Mob: +880 1313 097 852, atanu.sarma@wfp.org