European Commission provides €1.5 million for Indonesia twin disasters survivors

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Thu, 10/28/2010 9:16 PM | World

The European Commission has allocated €1.5 million (US$2 million) in humanitarian assistance to survivors of the tsunami in Mentawai and the volcanic eruption of Mount Merapi in Java,  EU Delegation to Indonesia, Julian Wilson said in a statement Thursday.

The funds will help around 65,000 people in Mentawai and at least 22,000 people in Yogyakarta or Central Java.

The funding will be channelled through the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO).

“We extend our condolences to those who have lost loved ones in these two natural disasters,” Wilson stated.

“The European Commission is providing this initial emergency assistance which will help alleviate the suffering of the survivors and the EU  will continue to stand by its Indonesian partners in this time of need.”

A tsunami hit several islands of Mentawi in West Sumatra killing at least 343 people on Monday. The number is likely to climb higher because hundreds of missing people may have been swept away.

In Yogyakarta, the Mount Merapi volcanic eruption killed at least 33 people on Tuesday, forcing thousands to evacuate from the mountain slopes.


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