The EU has allocated €700,000 (around 35,025,690.00 SDG) in humanitarian aid to provide emergency relief to thousands of people affected by the recent floods in Sudan. The funds have been made available through the EU’s Acute Large Emergency Response Tool (ALERT), which facilitates a rapid release of funding in large-scale natural disasters.
The funds will enable the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) to provide urgently needed humanitarian assistance, such as clean drinking water, shelter, and other basic essential items to around 32,000 people hit by the floods in Darfur, Kordofan and eastern Sudan.
“The torrential rains in Sudan have caused widespread damage to people’s homes and livelihoods,” said Christos Stylianides, the European Union’s Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management. “We express our solidarity and sympathy with the Sudanese in face of the tragic loss of life. The EU is mobilising this immediate humanitarian funding to deliver essential supplies to the thousands of survivors.”
As an immediate relief response, EU-supported aid organisations working in Sudan have already been helping in providing shelter and basic essential items to the people affected by the floods. This quick reaction has been possible thanks to preparedness stocks held in place for emergency situations, such as the current one.
Torrential rains in past weeks have caused widespread destruction throughout Sudan, with 16 out of the 18 states affected. According to information provided by national authorities, more than 60 people have lost their lives and over 346,000 people have been affected. Floodwaters have destroyed or damaged more than 69,000 homes. Most of the damage is in poor neighbourhoods, where basic services such as electricity and clean water have been disrupted. The presence of stagnant water and damaged water infrastructure are a serious concern as they can lead to waterborne disease outbreaks, including cholera.
About EU Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid
The European Union and its Member States are the world's leading donor of humanitarian aid. Relief assistance is an expression of European solidarity with people in need all 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 the European Commission’s Civil Protection and Humanitarian aid Operations department (ECHO), the European Union helps millions of victims of conflict and disasters every year. With headquarters in Brussels and a global network of field offices, the EU provides assistance to the most vulnerable people on the basis of humanitarian needs.
Brussels, Nairobi, Khartoum, 11 September 2019
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