The European Union is granting a total of euro6.6 million (USD8.8 million) to assist typhoon and conflict victims in the Philippines.
Of the amount, euro2.6 million will help to address humanitarian needs of those affected by Typhoon Megi, which struck the northern part of the country in mid-October 2010. The funding, which will be directed through Red Cross agencies, the International Organization for Migration and Handicap International, will be used to provide shelter, water, sanitation and nonfood items as well as restore livelihoods in Sierra Madre and the Cagayan Valley region.
The remaining euro4 million will support a two-year scheme aimed at helping civilians displaced by armed conflict in the Mindanao region. The project is managed by the United Nations Development Program in cooperation with the Mindanao Development Authority and Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.