EU provides EUR200,000 to support victims of Typhoon Damrey in Vietnam

Wednesday, 2017-12-13 21:14:08
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VNRC Quang Nam staff conducting needs assessment at a site damaged by Damrey in the central province of Quang Nam. (Credit IFRC)
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NDO – The European Commission has decided to provide EUR200,000 in humanitarian aid funding to assist the most affected communities by Typhoon Damrey, which wreaked havoc across large parts of Vietnam’s central and south-central regions in early November.

On December 13, the European Union (EU) Delegation to Vietnam announced that the aid will respond to the urgent needs of more than 10,000 heavily-impacted people in the provinces of Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh, Phu Yen, and Khanh Hoa.

This EU-funding will support the Vietnamese Red Cross Society (VNRC) in delivering much-needed assistance through the distribution of tarpaulins, shelter tool kits, household kits, and water purification tablets.

In addition, cash grants are being provided to ensure that the most vulnerable families can meet their basic needs and sustain their day-to-day livelihoods. Post-flooding disease prevention activities are also being carried out.

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).

Considered as the strongest tropical system to strike south-central Vietnam in the last 20 years, Typhoon Damrey, the 12th storm to hit the East Sea this year, made landfall over the south-central coastal province of Khanh Hoa on November 4, killing over 100 people and affecting more than four million, including leaving close to 400,000 in need of assistance.

Although the flooding caused by the heavy rains following the storm has receded, the humanitarian needs remain immense and the local capacity to respond has been overstretched following the large scale of the disaster’s impact.