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Colombia: 2 million euros have been allocated to help flood victims

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News Following the torrential rains that fell on Colombia over the last few months, two million people have been affected of floods and landslides. To assist them, the Commission decided on December 22nd, 2010, to provide them an aid of 2 million euro. Thus, 80 000 people will have food, water and sanitation, temporary shelter, first aid equipment and primary health care.

Kristalina Georgieva, European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, said that while the Commission assists the affected Colombian communities, it is aware the extreme weather may continue over the coming months. Heavy rainfall is likely to persist for at least another month, putting even more people at risk of floods. The European Commission will continue to help the most vulnerable among them. With today's decision, the total of the European Commission's 2010 humanitarian aid to flood-affected Colombians reaches € 2.6 million. Background The rain season in Colombia has been particularly long this year – it has been raining almost incessantly since March. As of December, 12, the Ministry of Home Affairs and Justice reported 246 people dead, 246 wounded and 2 938 houses had been destroyed as well as 296 340 houses damaged. Over 70,000 Ha of crops have been destroyed.

Source :  European Commission - DG ECHO


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