Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva, is on her way to disaster-hit areas in the Philippines. She will be on the ground today and tomorrow and will assess the humanitarian emergency and discuss with national authorities and EU experts who are working on the ground.
"We have mobilised first financial assistance – 13 million euros - we will do more once we get a clear pictures of the needs," the Commissioner said. "Secondly, fifteen of our member states have already deployed to deliver much needed in-kind assistance - water purification units, shelter, medical needs, as well as food, because the people there are desperate to get life saving assistance immediately," she explained.
Typhoon Haiyan (a.k.a. Yolanda), was one of the most destructive cyclones ever recorded. It caused heavy rainfall, flash floods and landslides throughout the Philippines. The humanitarian impact is colossal; the full extent of destruction and life loss is still being assessed. To date the government has reported 2 360 dead and nearly 4 000 wounded. Ca. 1.5 million people remain displaced and between 8 million and 11.5 million are affected.