EU Allots Funds for Southeast Asia Disaster Plans

The humanitarian aid department of the European Commission has provided a grant worth 10 million euros (USD14 million) to help design disaster preparedness plans in Southeast Asia, Inquirer.net reports.

"The European Commission has long recognized the importance of disaster preparedness and risk reduction," said Alistair MacDonald, head of the European Union delegation in the Philippines. "My own visits to the areas affected have let me see with my own eyes how the grassroots preparedness schemes we help to put in place can save lives and limit damage."

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    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.