EU brings relief for cyclone ‘Bulbul’ victims

The European Union (EU) has allocated 140,000 Euro (Tk 1.3 crore) to provide humanitarian assistance to families affected by the recent cyclone Bulbul that struck many parts of southern Bangladesh in early November, reports BSS.

The aid will directly benefit 17,500 people in some of the hardest-hit areas in the districts of Barguna, Bhola, Pirojpur, Bagerhat, Khulna and Satkhira, a press release said on Wednesday. The EU funding supports the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) in delivering dry food items and shelter materials, such as tarpaulins and blankets, to those who have lost their homes and belongings.

Cash grants are also being provided to enable the most vulnerable families to meet their basic needs and sustain their day-to-day livelihoods following the loss of income sources, it said. The funding is part of the EU’s overall contribution to the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

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