EU adds assistance to Mid-West flood victims

The European Commission provided an additional Euro 500,000 (NPR 62.77 million) to cover the unmet humanitarian needs of the flood victims of Mid-Western region of Nepal, on Wednesday.

This assistance comes in addition to an initial Euro 250,000 which had been provided in the immediate aftermath of the floods to address the most urgent needs, the Delegation of the European Union (EU) to Nepal said in a statement today.

“After contributing to the most urgent relief efforts, immediately after the floods, we have decided to step up our assistance as it is now clear that the impact of these floods is to stay for long”, said Rensje Teerink, the EU Ambassador to Nepal, after a visit to the field in Banke district.

While the initial assistance, channeled through CARE Nepal, had focused on providing the most vulnerable victims with temporary shelters, clothes for women and children, hygiene kits and water purification solutions, the additional EU funds will cover winter needs, the rehabilitation of shelters and schools, and supporting livelihood recovery activities for the, according to the EU.

The projects will be funded by the Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department of the European Commission (ECHO).

According to the latest available information from the Ministry of Home Affairs, a total of 265 people have been killed in landslides and floods between June and September, while another 256 are still missing.

According to the Red Cross movement, monsoon-related disasters have affected over 200 000 people across the country, and displaced more than 34000.

Since 2001, ECHO has provided over Euro 74.5 million worth of humanitarian aid to Nepal.

Source: THT