The European Union has announced €1.3 million in rapid humanitarian aid funding to deliver emergency relief assistance to families affected by super typhoon “Rolly” (international name: Goni) that wreaked havoc across large parts of Luzon, the Philippines’ most populous island.
“This contribution will support the Filipino people via our humanitarian partners on the ground who are providing critical support to those hit hardest by typhoon Goni,” said Janez Lenarčič, EU Commissioner for Crisis Management:
“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,” added Lenarčič.
Super typhoon “Rolly” is the fourth tropical cyclone that hit the Philippines in 2020. It has so far affected more than two million people across five regions in the central and northern parts of the country, including Manila.
Over 500,000 people have been forced to flee their homes, seeking shelter, including in government-run evacuation centers.
Considered the strongest storm to hit the country since the devastating super typhoon Haiyan in 2013, “Rolly” made landfall in the early morning hours of November 1 in the island province of Catanduanes in the Bicol region, with maximum sustained winds of 225 kilometers per hour near the centre.
With most parts of heavily hit areas remaining inaccessible and assessments underway, the true scale of the damage is currently unclear.
Initial assessments however suggest that up to 90 percent of homes in Virac town, located in Catanduanes along the storm’s path, have been damaged or destroyed.
Widespread power outages and disruptions to telecommunications networks have been reported. An EU humanitarian aid expert has been deployed to the affected areas to further assess the situation and needs.
The EU funding will support humanitarian aid partners who are already on the ground to respond to the pressing needs of those most in need.
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