In June 2010, the European Commission provided €5 million for the victims of the violence in southern Kyrgyzstan. This followed the eruption of violence and the sudden massive displacement of people within Kyrgyzstan and across the border to Uzbekistan. Initially the aid was provided on both sides of the border. The focus was later moved to helping the displaced in Kyrgyzstan and those returning from Uzbekistan.
The funds were used to meet the most urgent needs of at least 300,000 displaced people, providing them with food, water, tents, bedding materials, hygiene kits, livelihood support and medical aid. Support to local clinics and hospitals was also covered by these funds. The cash for work programmes provided achieved a two - fold objective: providing a source of income to those who lost their jobs because of the violence ; clearing the rubble to re-establish a sense of normality to the towns.
The aid was distributed by WFP, Médecins sans Frontières, ACTED, UNHCR and the International Committee of the Red Cross.
Since 2003 the European Commission has provided around €4 million to fund over 20 projects in Kyrgyzstan, helping local communities to prepare for natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes and landslides. In total more than 250 local rescue teams have been set up, 100 schools have been trained in disaster risk reduction and 80 mitigation actions have been implemented.