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This EU funding supports the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) in delivering much needed relief assistance through the distribution of essential relief items including food, safe water, emergency shelter kits, mosquito nets, blankets, hygiene kits, and jerry cans. Cash grants are also being delivered to targeted communities to ensure the most vulnerable families can meet their basic needs and restore their livelihoods. As outbreaks of water-borne and mosquito-borne diseases such as leptospirosis, dengue and diarrhoea are common following flooding, disease prevention and hygiene promotion activities are being provided.
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).
The Philippines witnessed three weather disturbances between 17 and 21 July, triggering a series of heavy rains, landslides and floods in 28 provinces across the archipelago nation. According to the Philippines authorities, as of 6 August the flooding has left nearly 400,000 people displaced, out of which almost 10,000 are still living in evacuation centres. The flooding has also caused extensive damage to infrastructure, farmlands and livestock, hampering the ability of the affected populations to access essential services whilst also disrupting their livelihoods.
As more rains are expected in the country during the annual monsoon season, which normally lasts until September, humanitarian experts from the EU's Civil Protection and Humanitarian Operations department (ECHO) continue to closely monitor the situation.
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 European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) 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 € 3 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 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 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.
For further information, please contact:
Pierre Prakash, Regional Information Officer for Asia and the Pacific, European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO): Pierre.Prakash@echofield.eu