30th July 2012
Isle of Man Government funds emergency response to severe flooding in Bangladesh
THE Overseas Aid Committee of the Isle of Man Government has agreed to provide £50,000 to Christian Aid and Plan UK in order to respond to flooding which struck Bangladesh at the end of June.
According to current reports, more than 100 people have been killed and another 400,000 affected by the flooding, particularly in the northeast and southeast of the country. Houses, crops and livelihoods have been damaged, families have been displaced and there is an urgent need for food, clean water and health support.
Christian Aid and Plan UK will work in Kurigam, Cox’s Bazar and Gaibandha districts which are amongst the worst affected. The funding will go towards provision of emergency food supplies, emergency water purification and sanitation supplies, cash transfers for essential items and health care, and maintenance of schooling for children. The charities will also provide longer term support such as help in rebuilding the livelihoods of families.
Hon Phil Gawne MHK, Chairman of the Overseas Aid Committee, said:
‘A particularly heavy monsoon season in Bangladesh has caused flash floods and landslides which have killed many and affected hundreds of thousands. Christian Aid and Plan UK’s work will not only assist these people with their immediate needs, but will also support communities in their future recovery. The Committee is confident that the funding will help the charities respond swiftly and effectively to this disaster.’