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EU-supported Fund provides EUR 300,000 assistance to Kazakh flood victims in Turkestan region

22/05/2020 - 07:50
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The EU-supported Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) has released emergency funding worth EUR 300,000 to assist victims of the floods in Southern Kazakhstan caused by the breach of the Sardoba dam in neighbouring Uzbekistan.

The Red Crescent of Kazakhstan will use the funds to provide shelter, clothing, drinking water and medical aid to 6,128 individuals from Makhtaraal District of Turkestan region.

In 2019, the EU allocated over EUR 4.5 million to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support its Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) and Forecast-based Action (FbA) by the DREF . When a National Red Cross or Red Crescent Society needs immediate financial support to respond to a small- or medium scale emergency, it can request funds from the DREF.

From February to December 2019, DG ECHO replenished 38 DREF operations which assisted 1,260,000 beneficiaries. The support contributes to providing vital, timely and appropriate relief to the people affected, as well as to securing essential health services, hygiene promotion and social mobilisation.