Philippines – EU Aid for Victims of Typhoon Koppu

In response to Typhoon Koppu that hit the Philippines on 18 October 2015, the European Commission is providing €124 000 in humanitarian funding to assist the most affected populations.

This funding will support the Philippines Red Cross in delivering much needed relief assistance.

The humanitarian aid will directly benefit 2 500 families who will receive food, emergency shelter material such as tarpaulins, blankets and sleeping mats. The action will also provide safe drinking water, water containers, mosquito nets and hygiene items.

Typhoon Koppu (known locally as Lando) made landfall in the Aurora province, on Luzon island, in the northern Philippines on Sunday 18 October with sustained winds at 240 km/h. The typhoon brought intense continuous rainfall for several days, which caused destructive landslides and flash floods. Over 1.4 million people were affected and more than 110 000 people were evacuated to dedicated centres. The most pressing needs are food, safe water, medicines, and shelter.

Background

Around 20 typhoons hit the Philippines every year and many of these are highly destructive. The deadliest on record, Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda), left over 6 000 dead and 4 million displaced in November 2013. Following Haiyan, the European Commission immediately deployed humanitarian and civil protection experts to the worst hit areas. It also made available €40 million in relief assistance and early recovery and reconstruction to help the most affected communities.

The new funding is part of the EU’s overall contribution to the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

Residents stay on the roof of their houses at Barangay Camunatan, Isabela, north of Manila on October 19, 2015. Noel Celis / IFRC (19/10/2015)
Residents stay on the roof of their houses at Barangay Camunatan, Isabela, north of Manila on October 19, 2015. Noel Celis / IFRC (19/10/2015)