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Europe moves to help victims of Central America floods

Firefigthers carry one of three victims of a flood that destroyed a road to Ciudad Satelite, Misko, in the outskirts of Guatemala City © BELGA/EPA/Saul Martinez
28/10/2011  - 

The European Commission intends to give €4 million of humanitarian aid to assist people affected by floods in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua. The region is grappling with heavy rains and the resulting mudslides and floods. The Commission's assistance will reach some 100,000 people.

"Farmers have lost their crops in the inundated fields, families have lost their homes in high water and mudslides. The cost of food is rising and so is the risk of disease. We worry about the most exposed to hunger, poverty and extreme weather. We will help them cope with a growing humanitarian crisis," said Kristalina Georgieva, Commissioner for humanitarian aid and crisis response.

The funding will provide the people at risk with food and medical care, shelter, clean water and sanitation. European assistance will also be invested in disaster risk reduction measures to mitigate the impact of future floods.