The EU has released €1 million in humanitarian aid to the most vulnerable victims of Paraguay's worst floods since 1982.
The new funds add to the emergency response disbursed earlier in the year, providing safe drinking water and strengthening hygiene measures so as to avoid epidemics.
"The EU is fully committed to continue helping the people of Paraguay affected by exceptional floods. This additional funding will help address the most immediate humanitarian needs in terms of water and basic sanitation,” said Christos Stylianides, EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management.
More than 40 000 people who were displaced from their home will receive assistance in-kind and be trained on safety and preparation measures to mitigate the worst impacts of the disaster. The aid will be delivered through the EU's humanitarian partners in the country.
Although floods are recurrent in this part of South America, this year’s exceptionally strong El Niño phenomenon has caused the worst damage in decades. Since December 2015, floods in Paraguay have displaced more than 100 000 people in the country’s capital alone, where many now live in makeshift camps in the city's public spaces.
The European Commission's humanitarian interventions in South America focus on providing response to emergencies, preparing communities for future disasters and addressing the humanitarian needs caused by the Colombian conflict.