The European Commission is allocating €2.5 million in humanitarian assistance to the worst-affected victims of the earthquake that shook the Philippines on 15 October. This aid will provide shelter, water and sanitation and primary health care – all essential priorities in the aftermath of the disaster that wiped out the homes and livelihoods of around 350,000 people. The Commission's humanitarian aid will also support the management of evacuations sites.
The decision to extend support is based on the assessment of two humanitarian experts of the European Commission who were deployed to the affected zone within hours of the earthquake. This is just the latest example of the significant humanitarian support provided by the European Commission in the Philippines. In response to Typhoon Bopha (Pablo), €7 million were made available in February to help rebuild the devastated communities, in addition to the €3 million released just after the cyclone hit South-Eastern Mindanao. Following flooding caused by Typhoon Trami (Maring), the Commission allocated €200 000 to help the affected, and further €300 000 in early October to assist those displaced by the conflict in Zamboanga.