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EU to provide 13 mn to cyclone victims in Bangladesh

June 16, 2008

The European Commission announced in Brussels on Friday, June 13, 2008, that it will provide €13 million to support the sustainable recovery in coastal areas severely affected by cyclone SIDR which struck Bangladesh in November 2007.

The EU's aid office ECHO has already provided €20.4 million for the longer term reconstruction and development of the affected areas.

"We are delivering on our responsibilities as a major donor to Bangladesh during the post-SIDR recovery period. With the amount allocated now we will help to get the farming community back on its feet by providing urgently needed seeds and equipment but also help create job opportunities in the disaster stricken areas," said Benita Ferrero-Waldner, European Commissioner for External Relations.

The total amount of damages and losses caused by the cyclone is estimated at over €1.1 billion, equivalent to 2.8 per cent of Bangladesh's GDP.

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