EU’s Humanitarian Aid to Flood-Hit Afghanistan

In response to the devastating floods that have swept through Afghanistan, the European Union (EU) has allocated €200,000 in aid to assist the affected families. The aid package, totaling over AFN 15.5mn, is expected to reach approximately 28,000 individuals in the worst-hit provinces of the country. The assistance will focus on providing urgent humanitarian relief to those in the western, northern, and eastern regions of Afghanistan.

The EU’s contribution is part of the Disaster Response Emergency Fund (DREF) managed by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). The funding will support critical interventions in the flood-affected areas, including healthcare services, shelter items, dignity kits, and essential household supplies like blankets and kitchen sets. Multipurpose cash grants will also be distributed to help families meet their basic needs during this challenging time.

This latest aid package supplements a previous allocation of €400,000 towards flood relief efforts earlier this month. The heavy rainfall since May 10 has led to widespread floods and mudslides, causing tragic loss of life and severe damage to infrastructure. With over 300 reported fatalities and thousands displaced, the situation remains dire in the 24 provinces affected by the floods.

The EU’s commitment to humanitarian assistance underscores its role as a leading global donor in times of crisis. Through its Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations department, the EU aims to save lives, alleviate suffering, and uphold human dignity in the face of natural disasters and emergencies. The partnership between the EU and IFRC enables swift responses to humanitarian crises, with a total of €8mn earmarked for 2024 to support emergency relief efforts.

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