Wednesday, 22 January 2020

EU Channel Additional Funds for Sunda Strait Tsunami Relief



Mahinda Arkiyasa

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - In an effort to assist victims of the recent tsunami that struck Sunda Strait on December 2018, the European Union has decided to channel an additional EUR 300,000 (approximately IDR 4.8 billion) of funds. The additional fund is hoped to benefit 6,000 people in the highly affected areas of Padeglang. In total, the EU has channeled EUR 380,000 of humanitarian contribution to help the disaster victims.

    "This contribution from the EU underlines our solidarity with the people of Indonesia, many of whom have suffered the loss of homes, livelihoods, and belongings in the wake of the tsunami," said Christos Stylianides, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management in a press release received by Tempo on Friday, February 8, 2019.

    Stylianides further added that the assistance is expected to enable the victims to restore their normal livelihood and fulfill their basic and urgent needs such as food, water, and other necessities.

    Among those who will benefit from the assistance, priority will be given to vulnerable groups such as elders, people with disabilities, and women-led households.

    The EU funding is being made available via the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) of the European Commission, through its Small Scale Response mechanism.

    The ECHO's Small Scale Response fund is a global mechanism which allows for rapid funding for up to EUR 300,000 for humanitarian aid in countries affected by natural and man-made disasters.