Government pledges assistance in response to floods in South Asia
The Government today pledged up to €300,000 in emergency humanitarian assistance in response to severe monsoon flooding and landslides in South Asia. India, Bangladesh and Nepal have been worst hit by the disaster, with over 150 deaths reported. Three million people have been made homeless in Bangladesh, while two million have been displaced in the north-eastern Indian state of Assam.
Announcing the assistance the Minister of State for Development Cooperation and Human Rights, Tom Kitt T.D., said;
“The Government is closely monitoring the situation in south Asia and we are in contact with our partner humanitarian agencies in the region. It is clear that many communities in the region cannot cope with the enormous scale of the monsoon flooding this year. The Government’s funding is being pledged to meet basic food and shelter needs of those who have lost their homes and livelihoods in Bangladesh, Nepal and India.”
Note for Editors:
Funding in response to the disaster is being disbursed from the emergency humanitarian assistance budget of Development Cooperation Ireland, the official assistance programme of the Government. Funding is being channelled to the International Federation of the Red Cross (India and Bangladesh), Concern (Bangladesh) and Plan International (Nepal.)