Tuesday, June 18 2024 20:09
Alina Hovhannisyan

EU to send EUR 100 thousand in humanitarian aid to Armenia to support villages most affected by flood

EU to send EUR 100 thousand in humanitarian aid to Armenia to support villages most affected by flood

ArmInfo. Following the flash floods in Armenia's Lori and Tavush regions in May, the European  Union is providing EUR 100 000 in humanitarian funding to assist the  most affected villages, the press releases from the European  Commission received by ArmInfo reports.

"This EU funding supports the Armenian Red Cross in delivering much  needed relief assistance, including cash assistance and essential  supplies.  This humanitarian aid aims to directly benefit 5060  individuals in total, including 2,500 individuals who will receive  cash assistance for their most immediate needs and 2,760 individuals  who will receive support with gaining access to shelter, water,  sanitation and hygiene. The assistance is targeting families whose  homes, crop fields, livestock or food supplies were destroyed during  the floods.

The funding is part of the EU's overall contribution to the Disaster  Response Emergency Fund (DREF) of the International Federation of Red  Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

On May 26, 2024, heavy thundery rain showers across Armenia led to  significant rainfall, with up to 100 mm recorded locally. This caused  the sudden overflowing of the Debed, Aghstev, and Tashir rivers,  exacerbating the flood impact in the Lori and Tavush regions," the  source notes.

We add that over 400 people were evacuated, the death toll reached 4.

Notably, already on June 11, during a press conference, Governor of  the Central Bank of Armenia Martin Galstyan, referring to the results  of discussions with the Ministry of Finance, stated that the  government does not yet have the final data for the damage caused by  the flood in the Lori region, which would allow to more clearly  assess the volume of expenses and understand how to respond to the  disaster. Galstyan noted that as a result of the natural disaster, 53  road sections were damaged, more than 20 bridges were destroyed.

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