The European Union provides aid to flood victims across the globe. The EU Commission gives support to 120 million people who experience conflict and natural disasters yearly. Through partnerships with the Red Cross and other humanitarian organizations, the Commission distributes shelter, water purification tablets, hygiene kits, and other non-food items to help citizens from other countries to survive the brutal aftermath of floods and other disasters.
In October 2018, the EU provided aid to more than 24,000 residents of North Korea. This humanitarian assistance helped nearly 600,000 people with basic needs, after flood waters damaged 3,200 homes and displaced thousands of residents.
Last May, heavy rains in Tajikistan resulted in flood waters that destroyed nearly 1,200 homes. EU funds supported 2,500 victims, providing bedding, cleaning tools, and kitchen sets. With €60 000 in aid, the Commission and its humanitarian partners provided resources and information about avoiding diseases from toxic flood waters.
Weather conditions in Sri Lanka affected nearly 19,000 people during the same time frame. The EU’s €160 000 in emergency assistance helped provide temporary shelters, sanitation, and clean water. Funds were also distributed in the form of cash grants that allowed the victims to purchase basic necessities.
Last August, extreme weather disasters in the Philippines caused floods, heavy rains, and landslides. The series of disastrous events displaced 400,000 residents.The flooding damaged the area’s infrastructure and farms, negatively impacting the citizen’s ability to make a living. The Red Cross received immediate financial support to respond to the emergency from EU’s emergency disaster response funds. The €150 000 in aid helped nearly 30,000 people.
As the world’s largest contributor for humanitarian aid for world disasters, the EU provides life-saving relief worldwide. This essential aide prevents diseases, like diarrhea and leptospirosis, provides shelter, and helps families who’ve been displaced to meet basic human needs.