The European Commission has mobilised an emergency aid package worth €2 million to bring support to the victims of cyclone Mangkhut in the Philippines.
"The EU is supporting those in need in the Philippines, many of whom are suffering the devastating effects of the cyclone. Our contribution will provide shelter, emergency relief items distribution, water and sanitation, food security for the most vulnerable among those who have lost their homes," said Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides.
The EU will fund partner humanitarian organisations already working in the affected areas and will address the most urgent needs of the communities stricken by the cyclone. The aid package will provide for shelter, emergency relief items distribution, water and sanitation, food security, and humanitarian protection for the most vulnerable among those who have lost their homes due to the powerful winds, intense flooding and subsequent landslides in the aftermath of the storm.
In addition to financial support, a European Commission humanitarian expert has been deployed to the disaster area to assess the needs on the ground. Copernicus, the European Commission's emergency satellite mapping service, has produced maps of the most-affected areas.
Cyclone Mangkhut, the biggest storm to have occurred anywhere on the planet so far in 2018, moved from the Philippines on the evening of 15 September leaving a trail of large-scale destruction in many regions of northern Philippines. There are also reports of landslides, and severe damage to road infrastructure and power lines.
According to the national authorities and media reports, at least 64 people have died; this number is expected to rise. There are close to 6 million people living in the impacted area on the storm’s path and almost 600 000 people have been evacuated to shelters.