In response to a series of floods that have wreaked havoc across different parts of Mongolia since mid-June, the European Union is providing EUR 100,000 (almost 335 million Mongolian Tugrik) in humanitarian aid funding to assist the most vulnerable communities. The aid will directly benefit 3,700 affected people in some of the hardest hit areas in the provinces of Arkhangai, Khentii, Khuvsgul, Orkhon, Tuv and Uvs, as well as in Bayanzurkh and Sukhbaatar districts in the capital of Ulaanbaatar.
The EU funding supports the Mongolian Red Cross Society (MRCS) in delivering much-needed assistance through the distribution of cash grants that will cover the most urgent needs for those worst affected by the floods, helping them get back on their as soon as possible. The aid will also provide essential relief items, such as kitchen sets and hygiene kits, to people who lost their belongings. This will ensure that good hygiene practices are maintained during the recovery period while contributing to the prevention of water-borne and communicable diseases, which are common in the aftermath of floods.
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).
Since mid-June, Mongolia has suffered a sequence of prolonged, torrential rains which have triggered floods in at least 10 provinces across the country, affecting close to 14,000 people. More than 3,500 houses and essential infrastructure, including main roads and bridges, have been damaged. More than 6,000 livestock, the main source of income 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 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 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:
Peter Biro, Regional Information Officer for Asia and the Pacific, European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO): Peter.Biro@echofield.eu