European Commission allocates €54 608 to help people affected by floods and landslides in Tajikistan (30/06/2015)

Dushanbe, 30 June 2015 – The European Commission is providing EUR 54 608 in humanitarian funding to assist affected populations in response to the floods and landslides which hit Khatlon province and Rasht valley in May this year. The European Commission is contributing to the disaster relief emergency fund of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent, following a funding appeal by the organisation to provide assistance. This was based on a thorough needs assessment, which was conducted in coordination with government agencies responsible for emergency response.

The funds, channelled through the Red Crescent Society of Tajikistan, will ensure that most of the affected families receive food and items such as mattresses, blankets, hygiene kits and cooking sets. Tajikistan is a mountainous country extremely vulnerable to natural disasters and floods, with landslides an almost annual occurrence. The European Commission, through its disaster preparedness programme, DIPECHO, has been working in Tajikistan for over a decade to strengthen the disaster management capacities of hazard-prone communities.

Background The European Union together with its Member States is the world's leading donor of humanitarian aid. Relief assistance is an expression of European solidarity towards people in need around the world. It aims to save lives, prevent and alleviate human suffering, and safeguard the integrity and human dignity of populations affected by natural disasters and man-made crises. The European Commission through its Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) helps over 120 million victims of conflicts and disasters every year. For more information, please visit ECHO's website (http://ec.europa.eu/echo/).

The European Commission has signed a €3 million humanitarian delegation agreement with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF). Funds from the DREF are mainly allocated to “small-scale” disasters – those that do not give rise to a formal international appeal.

The Disaster Relief Emergency Fund was established in 1985 and is supported by contributions from donors. Each time a National Red Cross or Red Crescent Society needs immediate financial support to respond to a disaster, it can request funds from the DREF. For small-scale disasters, the IFRC allocates grants from the Fund, which can then be replenished by the donors. The delegation agreement between the IFRC and ECHO enables the latter to replenish the DREF for agreed operations (that fit in with its humanitarian mandate) up to a total of €3 million.

For more information please contact Aigul Zharylgassova, ECHO Office Almaty, Programme Officer, tel.: +7 777 537 48 91; email: Aigul.Zharylgassova@echofield.eu  or Ms Mahbuba Abdullaeva, Press and Information Officer at the Delegation of the European Union to Tajikistan, tel.: +992 37 221 74 07; email: Mahbuba.ABDULLAEVA@eeas.europa.eu