The European Union (EU) In Brussels has announced €1.3 million (approximately Php63 million) in rapid humanitarian aid funding to the Philippines to provide emergency relief assistance to families affected by super Typhoon Rolly (Goni) that left at least 20 people killed.
EU Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarčič said in a statement on Thursday that the contribution will support the Filipino people through its humanitarian partners on the ground who are providing critical support to those hit hardest by the typhoon.
“It will not only cover the immediate needs of the most affected populations but will also help the Filipino people restore their homes and livelihoods so they can get back on their feet as soon as possible. The EU stands in solidarity with those affected in the Philippines,” Lenarčič stated
The strongest to hit the Philippines since the devastating Typhoon Yolanda in 2013, Typhoon Rolly has so far affected more than two million people across five regions in the central and northern Luzon and has inflicted an estimated P6 billion in damages to agriculture and infrastructure.
Earlier estimates showed that more than 500,000 people have been forced to flee their homes, seeking shelter, including in government-run evacuation centers.
The EU said the emergency funding will support humanitarian aid partners who are already on the ground to assist those most in need with shelter, food, and livelihood assistance, as well as access to clean water and health care.
The funding is part of the EU’s Acute Large Emergency Response Tool (ALERT). ALERT is used to respond to large natural disasters where over 100,000 people or over 50 percent of the population are affected. The aim is to allocate funds within 24 to 48 hours of the onset of the emergency depending on the type of disaster.
EU has dispatched a humanitarian aid expert to the affected areas to further assess the situation and needs
Typhoon Rolly made landfall in the morning of November 1 in the island province of Catanduanes with maximum sustained winds of 225 kilometers per hour near the center. Assessment of actual damage is still underway since some areas directly hit by the typhoon remains inaccessible.