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Bangladesh: Storms

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 1 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance is being provided to the remaining victims of Cyclone Sidr in Bangladesh. (202573)

The total UK Government assistance to Cyclone Sidr for immediate and early recovery in Bangladesh is just over £15 million. This includes on-going support to the Cyclone victims with water supply and sanitation, livelihood regeneration, and housing. This also includes our most recent contribution of £5 million towards the comprehensive Early Recovery Action Plan programme, to be implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Bangladesh Government over the next eight to 12 months. This programme will provide housing for 20,000 families, and livelihood regeneration for 180,000 people, as well as infrastructure rehabilitation, in the worst affected villages.

For the longer term, the Government of Bangladesh have prepared a Comprehensive Damage and Needs Assessment, in close consultation and support with donors, which will set out the long-term proposals for the disaster risk fund: Risk mitigation (riverbank protection, coastal embankments, road upgrades), and disaster preparedness (cyclone shelters, early warning systems).