Kathmandu, Nov 16: The European Union (EU) has provided Euro 2 million to Nepal’s recent earthquake victims as humanitarian aid.
The aid package will help to bring relief to the most the affected people. It will help provide shelter, access to clean water and sanitation, and healthcare, among other services.
According to EU in Nepal, the support package includes Euro 600,000 to support the work of humanitarian partners already providing assistance in affected areas. In addition, Euro 200,000 have been allocated to the Nepalese Red Cross Society, via the Disaster Response Emergency Fund (DREF) of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).
Complementing the financial contribution, the EU will mobilise in-kind assistance from its European Humanitarian Response Capacity (EHRC), worth Euro 1.2 million. This will include tents and winterisation kits that will be sent from the EU’s stockpile in Kuala Lumpur, to address the crucial shelter needs of vulnerable families whose homes were destroyed, said in a statement.
This new funding comes in addition to the Euro 2 million already allocated to Nepal at the beginning of this year, with the goal of responding to natural hazards and to strengthen disaster preparedness. EU partners have been able to immediately assist in the response, supporting health and coordination at the provincial level.
Janez Lenarčič, EU Commissioner for Crisis Management has said, “The Nepalese people have once again been hit by a deadly earthquake. As in previous disasters, the EU remains ready to help those most in need. This new aid package will provide shelter to people that have lost their homes and prepare them to face the upcoming winter, while helping with other pressing needs.”