14/02/2013 - The European Union is providing €1.8 million to fund humanitarian assistance to communities affected by Typhoon Evan, which caused wide-spread damage in Fiji and Samoa in December 2012.
The decision by the EU to provide funding for humanitarian assistance came after a team of ECHO experts visited Fiji and Samoa shortly after the Typhoon caused wide-spread damage to the two islands. Assistance is required in the sectors of shelter, water and sanitation and particularly vulnerable families are in need of food and basic household items.
Typhoon Evan, a Category 4 storm, hit the island nations of Fiji and Samoa between 13 and 17 December 2012. More than a dozen people were reported killed or missing and over 7,600 houses damaged or destroyed. Samoa was particularly badly affected, with the island’s water supply system having been damaged and many food crops destroyed.
Communities in western Fiji had already been hit by two waves of wide-spread flooding in January and March 2012. At the time ECHO committed €200,000 to assist flood affected communities. In addition ECHO is supporting a number of disaster preparedness projects in the Pacific region with €3 million.