EU pledges €1.05 aid for ty­phoon vic­tims

- By Recto Mercene Business · Hunger · Weather · Disasters · European Politics · Natural Disasters · Social Issues · Society · Politics · European Union · Philippines · Metro Manila · Manila · Quezon

The Euro­pean Union (EU) has pledged € 1.05 mil­lion (about P60 mil­lion) in hu­man­i­tar­ian aid fund­ing to de­liver emer­gency re­lief as­sis­tance to fam­i­lies af­fected by Ty­phoon Ulysses (in­ter­na­tional code name Vamco).

Ulysses is the lat­est in a se­ries of de­struc­tive ty­phoons to hit large parts of the Philip­pines’ most pop­u­lous is­land of Lu­zon, in­clud­ing the na­tional cap­i­tal, Metro Manila, in re­cent weeks.

“The EU is scal­ing up its hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance in the Philip­pines in re­sponse to the dev­as­tat­ing ty­phoons that have hit the coun­try over the past month,” said Ar­lynn Aquino, who over­sees the EU’S hu­man­i­tar­ian re­sponse in the Philip­pines.

“The ad­di­tional con­tri­bu­tion will help to get much- needed aid to the most vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple to help them go through this dif­fi­cult time.”

Ulysses hit the coun­try while still strug­gling to cope with the dev­as­tat­ing im­pact of pow­er­ful ty­phoon Rolly (in­ter­na­tional code name Goni), which struck in early Novem­ber. It has so far af­fected more than 3 mil­lion peo­ple, with more than 440,000 al­ready forced to flee their homes and seek shel­ter else­where, in­clud­ing in evac­u­a­tion cen­ters.

The EU fund­ing will sup­port hu­man­i­tar­ian aid part­ners who are al­ready on the ground to re­spond to the im­me­di­ate needs of those most in need. This in­cludes shel­ter, food, health care and ac­cess to clean wa­ter, safe san­i­ta­tion and good hy­giene, as well as other vi­tal aid.

The fund­ing is part of the EU’S Acute Large Emer­gency Re­sponse Tool ( ALERT).

Ulysses is also the fifth storm to hit the ar­chi­pel­ago over the past three weeks. It made land­fall in sev­eral towns across Que­zon prov­ince in Lu­zon on the evening of Novem­ber 11, 2020. With max­i­mum sus­tained winds of 155 kilo­me­ters per hour, the weather dis­tur­bance caused heavy down­pours and se­vere flood­ing across the re­gion, dam­ag­ing more than 65,000 houses.

In Metro Manila, flood­wa­ters of up to 4.5 feet left many parts of the cap­i­tal sub­merged, im­pact­ing in ex­cess of 50,000 peo­ple. Wide­spread power short­ages and in­fras­truc­tural dam­age have also been re­ported. Cen­tral Lu­zon is the worst- hit re­gion where more than 1.7 mil­lion have been peo­ple were af­fected.

As as­sess­ments are still un­der way, the true scale of the dam­age is cur­rently un­clear.

Alert is used to re­spond to large nat­u­ral dis­as­ters where over 100,000 peo­ple, or over 50 per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion are af­fected. De­pend­ing on the type of dis­as­ter, the aim is to al­lo­cate funds within 24 to 48 hours of the on­set of an emer­gency.

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