What's new ?

RSS feedRSS feed

Commission reaches out to victims of South East Asian floods

A flooded highway in Thailand © EU
21/10/2011  - 

In response to the typhoons and flooding that are seriously affecting South East Asia, the European Commission has allocated €10 million to support emergency operations and provide relief to between 500 000 and 1 million of people in the flood-hit countries. The disaster has taken the lives of over 600 people in the region, while 7.4 million people have been affected. Infrastructure, private property and farmland have suffered substantial damage.

"In a region which is ever-prone to natural disasters, this year's monsoon season has been particularly fierce, causing loss of life, damage to infrastructure and property and has destroyed livelihoods," said Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva.

"After careful assessment of the humanitarian needs in Vietnam, the Philippines, Cambodia, Lao PDR and Thailand, we are responding to the needs of those affected by the floods," she explained.

The priorities are:

  • Health and sanitation (mobile clinics, hygiene education, latrines)
  • Food assistance, and short-term livelihood support ("food-for-work" projects, seeds and agricultural tools)
  • Temporary shelters and non-food items such as household items, hygiene kits, cooking utensils, water canisters
  • Boats, satellite phones and other equipment for logistics and telecommunications

The funding will bolster the efforts of humanitarian organisations working hard to provide immediate assistance, and help those who have lost their crops and livestock rebuild their livelihoods.