The United States (US) will contribute $250,000 to Cyclone Mocha emergency assistance operations in the storm’s most devastated areas.
“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.
Cyclone Mocha made landfall in Myanmar and Bangladesh on May 14, affecting roughly half a million Bangladeshis living in coastal parts of southern Bangladesh and nearly one million Rohingya in camps.
According to the statement, the US has worked closely with Bangladesh over the past five decades to increase disaster planning and response.
Since 2001, the US government has built 900 multi-purpose disaster shelters in Bangladesh’s most vulnerable areas, as well as invested in early warning systems that keep hundreds of thousands of people safe from cyclones, flooding, and other emergencies, according to the US embassy.
The US is also the greatest contributor to Rohingya aid efforts, according to the report.