THE Scottish Government has given £300,000 towards helping those left homeless by flooding in South Asia.
More than 45 million people in Bangladesh, India and Nepal have been affected by flooding and landslides as a result of severe monsoon rains.
At least 1,200 people have died, and tens of thousands of homes, schools and hospitals have been destroyed, according to the UN.
The cash is being distributed from the government’s Humanitarian Emergency Fund, launched in April 2017 to provide immediate, life-saving aid in the aftermath of a crisis.
A panel of humanitarian organisations provides recommendations on how the fund should be spent.
International Development Minister Alasdair Allan said: “We will do all we can to respond to global humanitarian challenges, such as the devastating floods in South Asia, and provide immediate assistance to people suffering as a result of disasters, disease or conflict.
“The Humanitarian Emergency Fund highlights Scotland’s role as a responsible global citizen.
“The expert panel that recommends how the fund is distributed brings together representatives from leading aid agencies across Scotland to work collaboratively.”
Angus Nelson of Oxfam Scotland said: “This hugely welcome cash injection from the Scottish Government’s Humanitarian Emergency Fund will enable humanitarian agencies to provide lifesaving support to people in urgent need.
“Given the enormous level of need created by the widespread flooding, it is essential for rich countries like Scotland to show leadership by supporting the humanitarian response.”
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