EU provides 1.1 million euro to fight cyclone Amphan in Bangladesh
The European Union has announced plan to provide 1.1 million euro to Bangladesh to help the country recover from the damage caused by cyclone Amphan.
This was disclosed in a statement on Tuesday May 26, 2020, by EU Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarcic.
“The EU is determined to start helping people in need with no further delay and provides an initial funding for India to support the immediate response in Bangladesh,” he said.
He stated that the storm hits at a time when social distancing remains essential to prevent a further spread of the coronavirus.
“The EU will address immediate needs of populations affected by the cyclone, as well as protect humanitarian aid and health workers from their exposure to the epidemic,” said the commissioner.
“I am saddened to learn about fatalities in both India and Bangladesh, and the extent of destruction caused by strong winds, flooding and landslides, also damaging houses, infrastructure and livelihoods,” Janez condoled.
He added that “The EU’s ‘Copernicus Emergency Management Service’ has supported Bangladesh and India with satellite maps to assess damage due to the cyclone.”
Dozens of people have lost their lives as cyclone Amphan made landfall in southwest ashore of Kolkata in eastern India and is making its way further north-east towards Bangladesh, causing further destruction and flooding.