EU sends emergency assistance to Colombia after disastrous landslides

EPA / Leonardo Munoz

Red Cross staff recover a body after a landslide caused by the overflow of three rivers, in Mocoa, the capital of the Putumayo region, Colombia, 03 April 2017. The death toll has risen to over 200 after torrential rains caused massive mudslides.

EU sends emergency assistance to Colombia after disastrous landslides


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150,000€ have immediately been immobilized by the European Commission as emergency relief assistance to Colombia after the repotedly worst landslides in years have hit the country.

The Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides highlighted the EU’s commitment to helping the country by stating that “the European Union stands by the people and authorities of Colombia at this difficult time. We have reacted immediately to support humanitarian organisations working in the affected areas, by providing emergency funding and support. Our thoughts are with all those affected and the first responders working around the clock to save lives.”

Organisations deployed to implement EU humanitarian aid supported operations in the Putamayo region hit by the natural disaster are already mobilised in the area and readily providing first aid relief. Field staff from the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid department are also stationed in the affected area to help.

On Saturday, the High Representative and Vice-President Federica Mogherini and Commissioner Stylianides have issued a joint statement expressing both condolences and solidarity with the people of Colombia as well as the readiness of the EU to help. “The Commission’s Emergency Response Coordination Centre is closely monitoring the situation. The European Union, a close partner of Colombia, is ready to provide any assistance that can be required at this difficult time,” the statement additionally reads.

Since 1994, the EU has provided over €229 million in humanitarian aid to Colombia, resulting in the country being the largest recipient of assistance by the European Commission in Latin America.

 

 

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