Bangladesh: Storms

International Development written question – answered on 15th July 2008.

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Photo of Andrew Smith Andrew Smith Labour, Oxford East

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of UK relief and reconstruction aid in Bangladesh following the November 2007 cyclone.

Photo of Shahid Malik Shahid Malik Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for International Development

Following the 2007 cyclone in Bangladesh, the UK has contributed just over £15 million in relief and reconstruction aid. This has so far helped more than 2.8 million people in Bangladesh affected by the cyclone, and over the past eight months, has resulted in the following:

812,268 people benefited from receiving basic life saving survival packages;

66,375 people have received shelter assistance in the form of repairs or new constructions;

416,332 people have received livelihoods recovery and restoration support to help them generate incomes again;

1,293,650 people have received access to improved water services;

233,240 people have received access to sanitation, particularly women.

We are currently planning for a full independent evaluation to take place in October to look at the effectiveness of our relief and reconstruction funding for both the 2007 cyclone and floods in Bangladesh, as well as providing lessons to take forward for future emergency responses.

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