UN allocates $5million supporting affected by Cyclone Amphan

United News of Bangladesh .Dhaka | Published: 11:38, Jun 25,2020


A UNB file photo taken in the aftermath of Cyclone Amphan

The United Nation’s Central Emergency Response Fund allocated $5 million to complement the government’s response to the people in need.

Last month, Cyclone Amphan caused large scale destruction of livelihoods in the south-western part of Bangladesh.

The CERF allocation will provide high-impact life-saving assistance to a prioritised caseload of 250,000 persons in Khulna and Satkhiradistricts of Khulna, and Barguna and Patuakhali districts of Barisal.

The CERF funding is provided to five UN agencies – FAO, UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF and WFP under the leadership of the UN resident coordinator, according to the UN office in Dhaka.

On 20 May, Cyclone Amphan made landfall near Jammu Island, West Bengal. Situation Analysis and Anticipatory Impacts Assessments were issued prior cyclone landfall.

It activated the Humanitarian Preparedness and Response Plan in line with the contingency plan for climate-related disasters in time of COVID-19 pandemic of the Humanitarian Coordination Task Team.

The Needs Assessment Working Group co-led by the Department of Disaster Management and CARE completed the Joint Needs Assessment, UN Women coordinated a Rapid Gender Analysis and the HCTT Cyclone Amphan Response Plan was finalised with the support of the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief.

It integrated some components of the IFRC’s appeal launched on May 28, 2020.

The plan seeks $25 million to assist 700,000 people in Khulna, Satkhira, Bagerhat, Patuakhali, Barguna, Bhola and Jashore.

Once again, the Sundarbans played a critical role in lessening the impact of the cyclone in Bangladesh.

The protection of natural treasures must be an integral part of Disaster Risk Reduction strategies to complement man-made flood defence systems.

The CERF-funded projects have a strong focus on women, children and persons with disabilities and will be delivered in line with COVID-19 mitigation measures, said the United Nations resident coordinator in Bangladesh Mia Seppo.

Red Cross Red Crescent Movement organisations, national and international NGOs including members of the Start Fund Bangladesh were supporting the national response.

The UN noted the importance of the contributions from partners to complement the government’s response and to facilitate a quick and smooth recovery process for all persons affected by the cyclone.

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