Following the five-day passage of Typhoon Bopha across the Philippines last week and an assessment that identified large-scale humanitarian needs, the European Commission today released €3 million to provide emergency assistance to those worst affected. The aid will target vulnerable groups such as children, households run by single women, and the elderly.
The Philippines is among the most disaster-prone countries in the world, and Bopha was the most powerful typhoon to hit the country this year. The devastation and destruction caused by the storm were enormous. So far, national authorities have reported more than 500 people dead, while more than 800 others are still missing and some 300 000 people have been displaced. Nearly half of these are still in evacuation centres.
'I want to express my condolences to the people of the Philippines for the death and loss they have suffered due to this typhoon, which is yet another example of the growing trend of extreme weather conditions – and for which we must prepare and respond,' said Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva. 'Today's funding will go towards providing life-saving assistance to meet urgent basic needs such as food, water and shelter of those in greatest need, in particular children, pregnant women and the elderly. This aid will also be delivered in a way that considers the risks of future disasters from the outset and which is sensitive to the needs of the most vulnerable.'