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Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Solomon Islands: EU provides humanitarian assistance

The European Union is mobilizing resources to assist those affected by the recent floods and earthquakes in the Solomon Islands. The European Commission is giving €240 000 in humanitarian aid to help the most vulnerable people. Environmental expertise will be deployed to the islands through the Union Civil Protection Mechanism as part of a joint EU/UN mission to help assess the risks triggered by the heavy rains.
Thousands of people are still suffering the consequences of the disaster. Our support will cover their most acute needs in key areas such as sanitation and hygiene," said Kristalina Georgieva, EU Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection.
Heavy rains at the beginning of April caused large-scale flooding which killed at least 23 people and left 9 000 displaced in the capital, Honiara, and other areas of Guadalcanal. Roads and bridges have been badly damaged and more than 52 000 people have been affected.
The European Commission will channel the funds through its partner organisation World Vision. EU aid will cover sanitation facilities and the delivery of hygiene kits.
The Commission will also provide expertise in a joint mission with the United Nations environmental and humanitarian bodies, UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The mission will help identify risks caused by the rise in water levels and potential dam damage.
Source: European Commission

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