EU gives further €40m to help Rohingya refugees

31 May 18

The European Union has released €40m in humanitarian aid for Bangladesh and Myanmar in support of the Rohingya people.

The money comes in addition to the €51m given in 2017.

Out of the new funding €29m will go to the Cox’s Bazar district in Bangladesh to deliver food, nutritional support, clean water and sanitation facilities, and access to health services.

Another €7m will be used to scale up preparedness for the rainy season and €4m will go to Rohingya and host communities in the Myanmar Rakhine State, providing shelter, health, water, food, and sanitation.

Christos Stylianides, commissioner for humanitarian aid and crisis management, said: “The Rohingya crisis has reached unprecedented proportions in recent months with hundreds of thousands of people in need of humanitarian assistance.

“Our emergency aid will deliver essential supplies such as food, clean water and healthcare as well as support for the monsoon season.”

Following outbreaks of violence in August last year, about 700,000 Rohingya refugees have crossed the border into neighbouring Bangladesh.

It is estimated that nearly one million people are living in camps and settlements, which are vulnerable to flooding and landslides triggered by the monsoon season.

The UK also recently announced £70m to the crisis ahead of the rainy season.


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