The European Commission is boosting its aid to the victims of major floods in Bangladesh. The Commission will give an additional €1 million for food and livelihood support for around 49 000 vulnerable households while they recover from the floods in the worst affected areas in the country's north-west.
Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva said: ‘The floods came again at the worst possible time – the lean season, when food was already short, income opportunities reduced, and the prices at their highest. Vulnerable households, such as those of small-scale farmers and agricultural workers, are suffering additional hardships. These people desperately need help and we cannot leave their call unanswered.’
The Commission's aid will bring food assistance and cash transfers to 17 500 households, and livelihood support in the form of unconditional cash grants to 31 500 households. The European Commission has already committed more than €22 million for humanitarian assistance in Bangladesh for 2012.