UN allocates US$ 1m for landslide victims

14 Jul 2017, 17:11 | updated: 14 Jul 2017, 17:20

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Dhaka: UN's Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has allocated US$ 1 million to provide life-saving assistance to the most severely affected people due to landslides and severe flooding caused by heavy rain in June.

The landslides and severe flooding claimed 166 lives and injured many more in the Chittagong Hill Tracts.

The deadliest landslide-related disaster in recent Bangladeshi history left thousands of homes buried in mud and rubble, forcing families to seek refuge in temporary shelters. The worst affected districts were Rangamati, Chittagong and Bandarban.
Following an assessment undertaken in partnership with the Government of Bangladesh, international and national NGOs, the UN has developed a response plan which seeks US$ 10 million to bring assistance to 51,000 people.

The CERF funding will cover part of the needs and will be provided to three UN agencies - UNDP, UNFPA and UNICEF - to respond to needs in worst affected district Rangamati.

"While this disaster was very localised, it has had a very severe humanitarian impact. The CERF funding will help UN Agencies working with affected communities to address immediate life-saving needs," United Nations Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh Robert Watkins was quoted in a statement on Friday.

While the root causes of the disaster need to be adequately assessed and addressed in the long-run through sustainable development programmes, partners are invited to contribute to the urgent humanitarian response to facilitate a smooth recovery process for all the persons affected in Bandarban, Chittagong and Rangamati, he said.

The CERF allocation will be used to provide 1,500 temporary shelters and repair 1,500 homes damaged in the landslides.

It will also support the cleaning of water sources, the provision of sanitation facilities, and the distribution of hygiene supplies.

In addition to the CERF funding, START Network, the international network of NGOs and its NGO-managed pooled fund for rapid humanitarian response, earlier allocated some US$ 250,000 to Action Aid and World Vision Bangladesh in support of the humanitarian response.