Brussels, 11 January 1999 - The European Commission has approved funding for humanitarian aid projects in the following countries : Ethiopia/Eritrea (3.98 million euro); Federal Republic of Yugoslavia/Kosovo (2 million euro); Former Yugoslavia (1.5 million euro); India/Nepal (1.407 million euro); Madagascar (1.1 million euro); Vietnam (1.085 million euro); Georgia (1.3 million euro); Kyrgyzstan (800,000 euro); Thailand (699,000 euro); Ukraine (430,000 euro).
Ethiopia/Eritrea : aid for victims of conflict (3.98 million euro)
Some 500,000 people have been displaced or otherwise affected by the conflict affecting this poor, drought-prone border region since May 1998. This funding will cover food, water supplies, and the provision of tents and cooking equipment.
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia(FRY)/Kosovo : aid for victims of conflict (2 million euro)
Those displaced by conflict have tentatively started to return to their villages. This funding will provide seeds and tools to reduce dependency on food aid, as well as boosting supplies of safe water and sanitation facilities. In the health sector, there will be support for maternity care, including training.
Former Yugoslavia/FRY, Croatia : assistance for refugees, returnees (1.5 million euro)
This funding will provide assistance in the form of food and hygiene parcels for 125,000 of the most vulnerable refugees still living in the FRY. In Croatia, it will fund aid for some 100,000 refugees/displaced people and for those returning to their homes.
India and Nepal : aid in aftermath of floods (1.407 million euro)
Catastrophic floods in the northern provinces of India and Nepal affected some 100 million people last year. This aid is intended to provide water purification facilities, medical aid, temporary shelter, clothing, survival kits and cooking utensils for about 20,000 families.
Madagascar : anti-locust campaign (1.1 million euro)
The island faces an unprecedented invasion of locusts threatening crops over a very wide area. This aid will help organize preventive action, spraying land affected with pesticides.
Vietnam : victims of typhoons (1.085 million euro)
Four typhoons hit Vietnam between October and December last year. About 2.5 million people were affected. Vast areas of farmland and many fish ponds were flooded or washed away. This aid will provide medical aid, water and sanitation facilities, mosquito nets, assistance for fishermen, and seeds to restore prime farmland.
Ukraine : aid for flood victims (430,000 euro)
This package is intended to follow up a previous grant for victims of catastrophic flooding in November (850,000 euro). This extra funding will cover water purification facilities and medical aid.
Georgia : shelters for displaced people; assistance for the elderly (1.3 million euro)
Conflicts in the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Union forced thousands of Georgians to flee their homes. Many are still relying on accommodation in shelters that need upgrading for the winter. This package also includes relief for elderly people living alone.
Kyrgyzstan : medical aid in remote highland areas (800,000 euro)
This grant will provide basic healthcare, especially for those in remote rural and highland areas. The country is one of the poorest in the former Soviet Union, and has been particularly vulnerable to repercussions from the crisis in Russia. This ECHO aid is intended to buffer its worst effects.
Mexico/Chiapas : floods in region hosting displaced people (800,000 euro)
Some 13,000 people displaced by conflict in this troubled region were affected by catastrophic flooding which disrupted their lives still further last year. This aid will cover basic food and medical aid for them.
Burmese/Thai border : aid for Burmese refugees (699,000 euro)
Ethnic minorities fleeing persecution in Burma are still taking refuge in camps along the border with Thailand. This grant is intended to provide food aid (rice) and basic healthcare, as well as water and sanitation facilities.