By Joyce Ann L. Rocamora

BAD WEATHER. Philippine Coast Guard personnel rescue residents trapped in their houses amid floods in Catarman, Northern Samar on Nov. 21, 2023. Since mid-November, many parts of the Visayas experienced the combined effects of a shear line and low pressure area that resulted in widespread flooding and landslides. (Photo courtesy of the Philippine Coast Guard)

MANILA – The European Union (EU) is providing 300,000 euros or approximately PHP18 million worth of humanitarian aid to Filipinos affected by the massive flooding and landslides due to the above-average rainfall in the Visayas over the past weeks.

The EU Delegation in Manila on Thursday said the aid would address the urgent needs of the most affected families in some of the hardest-hit districts in the eastern region of Visayas.

“The floods have caused massive destruction that affects hundreds of thousands of people in the Philippines,” said Arlynn Aquino, who oversees the EU’s humanitarian programs in the Philippines.

“To help, the EU immediately channels funding to support our partners to scale up their efforts in delivering essential aid to the affected families,” she added.

The assistance will support EU humanitarian partners already on the ground in delivering vital aid to those most in need.

This includes food and livelihood support, as well as access to clean water supplies, sanitation facilities, and education.

Since mid-November, many parts of the Visayas experienced the combined effects of a shear line and low pressure area that resulted in widespread flooding and landslides.

Data from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) showed that 1.1 million people were affected, and a total of 76,312 have been displaced in at least 167 evacuation centers. (PNA)