US provides $250,000 to assist Mocha relief

The United States (US) is providing $250,000 to assist Cyclone Mocha emergency relief efforts in areas most severely affected by the storm.

"The people of the United States stand with the people of Bangladesh and the Rohingya refugees affected by the cyclone," said U.S. Ambassador Peter Haas according to a press release issued by US embassy in Dhaka.

On May 14, Cyclone Mocha moved through the Bay of Bengal making landfall in Myanmar and Bangladesh, affecting over nearly half a million Bangladeshis living in coastal areas of southeastern Bangladesh and almost one million Rohingya in camps.

The US has worked closely with Bangladesh to improve disaster preparedness and response over the past five decades of partnership, said the release.

Through the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. government has built 900 multi-purpose disaster shelters in the most vulnerable areas of Bangladesh since 2001 and invested in early warning systems that keep hundreds of thousands of people safe from cyclones, flooding, and other emergencies, said the US embassy.

The United States is also the largest contributor to Rohingya relief efforts, it added.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha