The European Commission is contributing an €8.1 million aid package to support the most vulnerable in the Philippines, Nepal, and countries in the South-East Asian region
The aid package will help those most affected by the coronavirus pandemic, natural disasters, and the consequences of man-made conflicts. Funding will go towards humanitarian and disaster preparedness projects in the Philippines, Nepal and regional South-East Asia (€3.5 million).
The South-East Asia region will receive €3.5 million to assist humanitarian organisations in tackling the coronavirus pandemic and to consolidate disaster preparedness.
The Philippines will receive €2.51 million to increase food security, provide access to clean water and sanitation services, protection, education, and shelter for displaced people. A portion of the funding will also be allocated to emergency preparedness for natural disasters.
The €2 million funding in Nepal will focus exclusively on disaster preparedness operations.
Janez Lenarčič, Commissioner for Crisis Management, said: “The EU is helping to provide life-saving assistance to those most affected by the impact of natural hazards in South and South-East Asia, the frequency of which are increasing year-on-year. This aid package will also strengthen the preparation and response to the coronavirus pandemic, as well as humanitarian operations. The EU stands ready to assist the most vulnerable in South and South-East Asia.”