UN In Bangladesh To Spotlight Flood Relief Efforts
Top UN Development Official Visits Bangladesh To Spotlight Flood Relief Efforts
The top United Nations development official is visiting Bangladesh this week in connection with relief and recovery efforts after recent disastrous flooding that killed 600 people and left 20 million more in need of food assistance for the year.
UN Development Programme UNDP) Administrator Mark Malloch Brown praised government efforts to overcome the losses, which prompted the UN to appeal for $210 million from international donors to help 5 million people in the hardest-hit areas.
To bolster the efforts, UNDP and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) are distributing food, hygiene kits, soap and clothes through national and international non-governmental organizations, funded by the British Department for International Development.
April knocked out over 80 per cent of the rice crop in
certain areas of Bangladesh. A second set of floods in July
wiped out household food stocks and removed other sources of
nutrition and income such as livestock rearing and
agricultural day labour. Approximately 3 million homes were
damaged or destroyed and the government estimates the cost
at $7 billion.