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European Union brings relief to flood victims in Yemen

Brussels, 29/08/2021 - 09:19, UNIQUE ID: 210829_2
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In response to the floods that hit Yemen in July-August 2021, the European Union has released €100,000 in humanitarian aid to assist 7,000 of the most affected people.


This EU funding supports the Yemen Red Crescent in delivering much needed relief assistance, including blankets, mattresses, kitchen sets, hygiene kits and jerrycans. The support 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).


Heavy rains began in July and intensified in August, resulting in major flash floods. Floods have harmed civilian infrastructure, including roads, bridges, power grids, and water supply systems. According to preliminary data, almost 25,000 households or some 174,000 people were impacted across the country as of 8 August, and at least 30 deaths and 7 injuries reported.


Torrential rains were reported across the country since the start of the rainy season – later than expected -, causing loss of life and property. All shelters in sites for displaced people were partially or completely damaged necessitating repairs or upgrades.


Already the world’s worst man-made humanitarian crisis, Yemen is experiencing a period of heightened tensions and propagation of the coronavirus. More than ever, humanitarian organisations need access to people in need – almost 70% of the population needs assistance -, but are hampered by insecurity, administrative and logistical restrictions as well as damages resulting from the conflict and floods.


The EU continues to be one of the major contributors of humanitarian aid to those affected by war, epidemics, food shortages and natural disasters. So far in 2021, the EU has allocated over €95 million in humanitarian aid to help people in need in Yemen.



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, 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 European Union provides assistance to the most vulnerable people on the basis of humanitarian needs.


The European Union is signatory to a €3 million humanitarian delegation 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 delegation 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 €3 million.


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