Vientiane, 28 October 2020
The European Union provides €200,000 to assist floods victims in Laos
The European Union is providing €200,000 (some 2.2 billion Laotian Kip) to provide critical humanitarian assistance to families affected by severe flooding, which has wreaked havoc across large parts of Lao People’s Democratic Republic since early October. The aid will focus on addressing the urgent needs of the most affected people in some of the hardest-hit districts in the western province of Savannakhet.
“This contribution underlines our solidarity with the people of Laos, many of whom have suffered the loss of homes, livelihoods and belongings in the wake of the devastating floods,” said Olivier Brouant, who oversees the EU’s humanitarian response in the Mekong region. “The EU funding will support our humanitarian partners in delivering life-saving assistance to the most vulnerable, ensuring they have enough means to go through this difficult time.”
The assistance will support Save the Children and World Vision in delivering much-needed assistance to those most in need. This includes the provision of cash transfers to help flood-stricken families meet their daily basic needs and improve their access to drinking water. Special attention will be placed on the most vulnerable and marginalised groups, including female-headed households and people with disabilities.
The EU funding is being made available via the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) of the European Commission, through its Small Scale Response mechanism.
Incessant torrential rains, brought on by tropical depression Nangka since mid-October, have caused several rivers in Lao People’s Democratic Republic since to burst their banks, resulting in widespread flooding in the southern part of the country. Close to 25,000 people in 150 villages have been forced to flee their homes. The floodwaters have also damaged over 11,000 houses and inundated large swathes of agricultural land, significantly affecting the livelihoods of people in this predominantly agricultural country. A number of public facilities and services, including health care centres and schools, have also sustained damage.
ECHO’s Small Scale Response fund is a global mechanism which allows for rapid funding for up to € 300,000 for humanitarian aid in countries affected by natural and man-made disasters.
Peter Biro, Regional Information Officer for Asia and the Pacific, European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations firstname.lastname@example.org (+66 2 305 2768).