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Grants to poorest communities for disaster-preparedness

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Thursday, 12 July 2012

Grants to poorest communities for disaster-preparedness

A number of regions will benefit  from the European Commission's Disaster-Preparedness Programme (DIPECHO). Around € 35 million will help victims of natural disasters. The funds will go to the poorest communities in Central America, Central Asia, the Caucasus, South-East Asia and Southern Africa.
Speaking of the importance of disaster-preparedness, Kristalina Georgieva, European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, has said: "Experience shows that simple measures for disaster-preparedness like early warning alerts, elevated homes or providing boats can make all the difference between saving and losing lives, homes and livelihoods. We see disaster risk reduction as an investment, not as a cost: in fact a euro spent on preparing for disasters saves €7 responding to them."
These new funds will go to the following regions particularly vulnerable to natural disasters: € 10 million to Central America (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama), €11 million to South East Asia (Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, the Philippines, East Timor and Vietnam, Burma/Myanmar and Thailand), €8 million to Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan) and the Caucasus region (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia) and € 6 million in Southern Africa (Madagascar, Mozambique, Malawi and Namibia).

Source: European Commission