Ulaanbaatar, 22 September 2021 – In response to a series of flash floods that have wreaked havoc across different parts of Mongolia in July, the European Union is providing €160 000 (nearly 540 million MNT) in humanitarian aid to assist the most vulnerable communities. The aid will directly benefit 4 000 heavily affected people in some of the hardest hit localities in the provinces Arkhangai, Dornogovi, Govi-Altai, Orkhon, Tuv, Umnugovi and Uvurkhangai.
“This EU-funding supports the Mongolian Red Cross Society (MRCS) in delivering much-needed assistance through the distribution of cash grants to those worst affected by the floods to cover their most urgent needs and get back to their feet at the earliest possible. We will also provide essential shelter and household items such as mattresses and blankets. To prevent the spread of COVID-19 and the transmission of water-borne diseases, hygiene kits and COVID-19 sanitation materials will be delivered to affected families.” European Union Ambassador-designate Axelle Nicaise said.
The funding is part of the EU’s overall contribution to the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).
Mongolia in July experienced a sequence of prolonged, torrential rains which have triggered a series of flash floods in at least seven provinces across the country, including the capital, Ulaanbaatar. The floods affected close to 6 000 people while heavily damaging more than 1 500 houses, many of them completely destroyed. A number of livestock, a main source of livelihoods for many in the country, have also perished, disrupting day-to-day lives and leaving the livelihoods of the impacted families in tatters.
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.
Through its European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), the European Union helps over 120 million victims of conflicts and disasters every year. For more information, please visit ECHO's website.
The European Commission has signed a EUR 6 million humanitarian contribution 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, established in 1985, 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 contribution 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 EUR 3 million.
Peter Biro, Regional Information Officer for Asia and the Pacific, European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO): Peter.Biro@echofield.eu