EU further assists flood victims in South East Asia

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EU further assists flood victims in South East Asia

(CPV) - Victims of the 2011 floods in four countries including the Philippines, Lao, Cambodia and Vietnam will benefit a further 11 million Euro assistance from the European Commission.

(CPV) - Victims of the 2011 floods in four countries including the Philippines, Lao, Cambodia and Vietnam will benefit a further 11 million Euro assistance from the European Commission.

So far, the funding has reached 24 million Euros, assisting to the most vulnerable among the 7.5 million people hit by the typhoons, storms and floods that affected the region.

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. As a result, in the Philippines it is expected that at least 150,000 people will remain in need of aid throughout the coming months, in Cambodia estimates are as high as 250,000; in Vietnam, 200,000; and in Lao, 70,000.

Floods in the Calumpit town of the Philippines in 2011. (Source: AFP)


Ms Kristalina Georgieva, Commissioner for international cooperation, humanitarian aid and crisis response shared: "While the waters may have now receded the humanitarian needs have not. Although the cameras have left and the headlines have changed, we are not leaving until much-needed disaster prevention projects have been carried out. This is essential so that we are not helping people back to their feet only for them to get knocked down again in more floods next year".

The additional money will go towards the recovery and rehabilitation, filling any gaps that remain in national responses.

According to a press release issued by the delegation of the European Union to Vietnam on March 19, the 24 million Euro of humanitarian assistance for the victims of the 2011 floods in South East Asia include 10 million Euro of funding in October 2011 which went to five countries in the region following floods caused by typhoons and tropical depressions. Another 3 million Euro of funding came in December for the victims of Cyclone Washi in the Philippines and the 11 million Euro of follow-up funding today will go towards recovery in four of the region's countries.

This latest funding will go towards disaster risk reduction measures and activities aiming to increase the resilience of local communities to shocks caused by similar floods and typhoons in the future. Building resilience is considered as a fundamental first step in preventing similar hardship for these people due to floods, tropical depressions and typhoons that are very common in this region./.

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