13/03/2012 - The European Commission has allocated a further €11 million to the victims of the 2011 floods in South East Asia. This brings to €24 million the Commission's humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable among the 7.5 million people hit by the typhoons, storms and floods that hit the region towards the end of last year. People from four countries will benefit from this new funding: the Philippines, Lao, Cambodia and Vietnam.
These countries, well accustomed to storms and tropical depressions, endured floods caused by major typhoons in September, October and December 2011. The floods were on an exceptional scale, stretching the capacities of national and local authorities to their limits and beyond. In rural areas, large tracts of farmland were ruined; in cities there was extensive infrastructural damage.
Today's €11 million will go towards recovery and rehabilitation, filling any gaps that remain following the response of individual countries. The Commission's humanitarian aid is directed towards the most vulnerable groups and communities, among whom particular attention will be given to indigenous communities in the Pilipino region of Mindanao where nearly 1 300 people were killed last year by Cyclone Washi.