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Colombo, 22 June 2016 – The European Commission is providing a further € 500 000 (LKR 81 640 000) in humanitarian funding to Sri Lanka to bring emergency assistance to communities affected by Tropical Storm Roanu, which wreaked havoc across large parts of the country last month.
• The European Commission has provided €20 million to help those affected by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda): €10 million in humanitarian aid to support emergency relief operations and €10 million to assist with recovery and rehabilitation.
TACLOBAN, Philippines – Nearly 50,000 people around this city battered by Typhoon Haiyan received rice today provided by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) as part of family packs distributed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
The packs consist of a total of three kilogrammes of canned food and rice purchased locally by WFP – enough to feed a family for a few days, as relief operations scale up in the Philippines. A total of 49,000 people received family packs today and more will be handed out in the coming days.
Minister for Development Cooperation, Christian Friis Bach, has today in light of the UN assessment of the magnitude of the catastrophe and in light of the pressing need for urgent assistance, decided to increase the Danish contribution to the victims of the disaster from the 10 million Danish Kroner that were announced Saturday to 30 million Danish Kroner in all (about 5.5 million US Dollars) to the international organisations that provide humanitarian assistance to the Philippines.
Last Friday, one of the strongest typhoons ever ravaged the Philippines, affecting the lives of 4.3 million people. As an initial rapid response, Denmark has allocated DKK 10 million for emergency aid in the hardest hit areas.
Last Friday, one of the strongest typhoons ever ravaged the Philippines, affecting the lives of 4.3 million people. According to very preliminary reports from local authorities, approximately 10,000 people died in the central Philippines as a result of the storm.
Minister for Development Cooperation Christian Friis Bach says:
The first flight to the Philippines has just departed and will stopover in Estonia to take on more equipment for the first base camp before it lands on Thursday in the Philippines.
Estonia and Sweden are cooperating on setting up the base camp on site. The second base camp, which is part of the IHP (International Humanitarian Partnership) support, will depart from Denmark in Tuesday morning. Tomorrow Tuesday, Swedish field staff that are going to support the relief organisations work will depart from Arlanda. They will land in the Philippines on Wednesday.
Denmark has decided to donate DKK 300,000 for an immediate humanitarian response in disaster struck areas.The tropical storm Washi has left a trail of death and destruction in the Philippines as a result of floodings. To date the storm has killed over a thousand people and destroyed 28,000 houses. The number of deaths is increasing and the situation is still critical for many Philippines. Especially children and women are very vulnerable at this stage.