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Thursday, 08 November 2012

EU gives €6 million for emergency aid to the Caribbean after Hurricane Sandy

In response to serious damages caused by Hurricane Sandy, the European has released €6 million to bring immediate relief to the most vulnerable population severely affected by the hurricane in the Caribbean.   Cuba and Haiti are the worst hit countries by Hurricane Sandy, with respectively 3 and 1.5 million people affected; the Dominican Republic and Jamaica also suffered important damages.
Crops and harvests are devastated, causing fears of food insecurity, while houses and infrastructure have been destroyed. The immediate priorities are access to food and to safe water, to avoid waterborne diseases and, in countries affected by cholera, to avoid an upsurge of cases. Extensive support is also needed to restore shelters and basic infrastructures.  
The European Commission's emergency funding will provide immediate relief to people affected by Hurricane Sandy in Haiti and Cuba: providing food and basic household items, repairing houses, restoring water services. This €6 million funding will also be used to restore local agriculture, providing farmers with seeds and tools.


Source: European Commission