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Reconstruction after heavy monsoon rainfall in Bangladesh

Building site in Bangladesh

Press release of 21.09.2017 |

In response to the devastation caused by unusually heavy monsoon rainfall and storms in Bangladesh, the German Development Ministry will provide assistance for reconstruction.

German Development Minister Gerd Müller said, "Climate change is hitting Bangladesh especially hard. We are helping the poorest of the poor to rebuild their villages and livelihoods after the heavy rains. Germany will help some 9,000 small farmers and their families by assisting with the reconstruction of roads, the repair of power lines and water pipes, and the rebuilding of roofs at school buildings and community facilities. Small farmers will receive assistance so they can plant for the next harvest."

Many farmers in the region lost their entire rice crop. Children are no longer able to go to school. The Development Ministry is providing a total of about 1.8 million euros in support of recovery in Bangladesh.

In August and September, South Asia was hit by unusually heavy monsoon rainfall and storms, killing more than 1,200 people and destroying over 100,000 homes. 1.5 million farmers lost their crops to the floods.

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