US providing $250,000 to assist emergency relief efforts: Peter Haas

A Rohingya refugee collects her belongings left behind in a house in Nayapara refugee camp a day after cyclone Mocha made landfall, in Teknaf on 15 May, 2023

The United States is providing $250,000 to assist Cyclone Mocha emergency relief efforts in the most severely affected areas, reports news agency UNB.

“The people of the United States stand with the people of Bangladesh and the Rohingya refugees affected by the cyclone,” US Ambassador to Bangladesh Peter Haas said on Wednesday.

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

The storm was one of the strongest in recent years causing significant tidal surges, heavy rain, and wind speed of up to 147 kph in Bangladesh, resulting in widespread wind damage, flooding, and landslides.

The United States has worked closely with Bangladesh to improve disaster preparedness and response over the past five decades of partnership.

Through the US Agency for International Development, the US 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.

The United States is also the largest contributor to Rohingya refugee relief efforts, said the Embassy.