‘Usman’ victims get P7.83-M aid from EU
Victims of the flash floods and landslides brought about by Tropical Depression Usman will get 130,000 euros or approximately P7.83 million in aid earmarked by the European Union (EU).
The EU delegation in Manila said 15,000 people in Albay and Camarines Sur, the provinces most affected by the storm’s devastation in the Bicol region in December 2018, will directly benefit from the humanitarian funding.
According to the delegation, the funding is part of EU’s overall contribution to the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
The aid will support the Philippine Red Cross in providing immediate assistance through the distribution of emergency relief items such as tarpaulins, blankets, sleep mats and hygiene kits, as well as access to clean water.
At present, first aid services are being given, while hygiene promotion activities are being implemented to mitigate the spread of waterborne diseases among the impacted communities.
Meanwhile, 4,500 people identified as most vulnerable will receive cash grants to establish livelihood and start anew.
Last December 29, “Usman” made landfall in Eastern Samar and brought incessant rains for days as well as deadly landslides that resulted in dozens of deaths and billions of pesos in damages to agriculture and infrastructure.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council recorded 140 deaths, 28 missing and 105 injured persons in Regions 4-B, 5 and 8, as of January 10.
Also, about 9,025 individuals of the 689,647 people affected by the storm are still being served inside evacuation centers.#