EU provides P34M aid for victims of storm 'Vinta'


Posted at Dec 28 2017 10:07 PM

The European Union is allocating 570,000 euros, or P34 million, in humanitarian aid for families and communities affected by tropical storm Vinta.

"This EU contribution underlines our commitment to the people of the Philippines, many of whom have suffered great losses as a result of Tropical Storm Vinta and are in dire need of immediate assistance. My thoughts are with the victims and all affected by the catastrophe," EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides said in a statement.

"The funding will enable our humanitarian partners to deliver life-saving aid to those most in need, to ensure that they have the capacities to face the grave hardships."

The EU-funded assistance will focus on providing immediate needs, including the provision of emergency shelter and essential household items, access to clean water and hygiene promotion.

Humanitarian experts from the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) aid have also been deployed in some of the affected areas to assess the situation and identify their needs.

Vinta (international name: Tembin) left at least 230 people dead with scores missing across the southern Philippines and sent tens of thousands to evacuation centers.

Over 670,000 people have been affected, including over 140,000 who are presently displaced.