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Flooding in Asia : Commission approves humanitarian aid worth euro 1.2 million

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The European Commission has approved humanitarian aid worth euro 1.2 million for victims of flooding in Vietnam, Cambodia and Tibet (China). The aid will be managed by the European Commission Humanitarian Office (ECHO) and will enable humanitarian organisations to carry out urgent projects for the next three to six months. Torrential rainstorms far exceeding normal seasonal flooding have affected Vietnam since the end of October. The country has experienced its worst flooding for 40 years, with a total of seven million people affected across several provinces. In Cambodia, flash floods have forced the evacuation of 100,000 people, with Pursat province bearing the brunt of the devastation. In the Autonomous Tibetan Prefecture, sustained heavy snowfall has completely covered grazing land over most of Dritog County, affecting some 15,000 families of nomads. ECHO's partners include the International Federation of the Red Cross, (IFRC) Médecins sans Frontières (Belgium, France) and Children in Crisis (UK). They will distribute humanitarian relief for the most vulnerable households and flood victims, providing household kits (blankets, mosquito nets, kitchen tools, soap), medicines and food aid.