This huge cyclone made landfall over the weekend causing major damage and destruction to infrastructure, housing, crops and livestock, but relatively few fatalities. Thanks to foresight and planning, around 800 000 were evacuated, avoiding the huge loss of life which resulted from the 1999 “super cyclone”.
The European Commission, through its Humanitarian Aid & Civil Protection department (ECHO) monitored the path of the cyclone for several days and had already dispatched one of its humanitarian experts to the region to coordinate a contingency plan with humanitarian partners on the ground in order to cope with the aftermath.
Additional ECHO experts will now be travelling to the affected areas to assess the damage with its humanitarian partners and to see how the EU can assist with the consequences of this huge storm.
Phailin is further proof that preparedness and disaster risk reduction saves lives, and the EU is committed to continuing its programmes to protect vulnerable communities in disaster zones throughout the world.