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Commission responds to desperate needs triggered by floods in India

Children on a small boat in the floods © EU
14/10/2011  - 

The European Commission will provide emergency funding of €3 million for the victims of the monsoon floods in India. The disaster has displaced between 200 000 and 300 000 people, who are in urgent need of humanitarian relief. The floods have affected 4 million people in eastern India.

Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva said: "The floods are threatening the lives of tens of thousands of already weakened and susceptible people in India, depriving them of bare necessities like food and shelter, homes and livelihoods. This is why Europe is extending a lifeline of emergency assistance. Moreover, we are providing funding which will boost the resilience of the population against future flooding."

The areas most affected by the floods are Orissa, West Bengal, and Uttar Pradesh. The funding will provide food assistance, shelter, water and sanitation, and basic household items. Particular attention will be paid to highly vulnerable groups such as low caste and tribal communities, religious minorities, single-parent families, the disabled, children and the sick and elderly. The aid will be channelled through the Commission's humanitarian partners in the field.

The Commission will also fund disaster preparedness in high-risk areas, with the goal of raising the population's awareness of flood risk and response, and training volunteers, the authorities and community-based organisations in order to mitigate the risks of future flooding.

Experts from the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Directorate General (ECHO) are in the field to monitor how needs evolve..