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Cyclone Haiyan hits the Philippines

The EU is delivering relief aid to the victims of the most destructive cyclone of the year. Haiyan has reportedly taken more than 10 000 lives and affected nearly 10 million people.

Cyclone Haiyan hits the Philippines

A massive relief operation is going on. Many of the affected areas are still difficult to reach. Priority needs include food, clean water and shelter.

The European Commission has responded with immediate and generous support:

  • It deployed experts in humanitarian aid and civil protection to the field to assess the most critical needs and make sure EU assistance is used in the most effective way.

  • It made available EUR 3 million financial aid to help in relief efforts in the worst affected areas. This money goes directly through humanitarian agencies to provide immediate relief: clean water, emergency food and shelter.

  • The EU Civil Protection Mechanism has been activated to support the relief efforts of Member States. Already 17 of them have reacted with material support such as medical teams, search and rescue units, communications equipment and tents and equipment for temporary shelter.

Commissioner Georgieva is visiting the Philippines on Friday and Saturday. The Commission is ready to offer additional aid and to support the Philippines in its longer-term reconstruction and recovery.

Cyclone Haiyan hits the Philippines

The Philippines is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world.

The Commission helps significantly in disaster response in the Philippines - since 1997, it has given more than EUR 45 million in the country. In 2013 alone, it provided humanitarian aid after the earthquake in Bohol, Typhoon Bopha (Pablo), the cyclone hit South-Eastern Mindanao and Typhoon Trami (Maring).