European Union gives P45.27M aid for Abra quake victims

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A representative of the European Union (EU) inspects the damage caused by a powerful quake the struck northern Philippines.
The European Union (EU) will provide P 45.27 million (EUR 800,000) in emergency funds to assist victims of the earthquake that struck North Luzon on July 27. The funding aims to provide safe drinking water and sanitation, hygiene, mental health and psychosocial support services, as well as education to the most vulnerable in the hardest hit-areas. (Photo: European Union in the Philippines/Facebook)

The European Union donated an amount of EUR 800,00 or P45.27 million for the victims of the July 27 North Luzon 7.1 magnitude earthquake that affected 400,000 individuals.

“With this assistance, the European Union reaffirms its commitment and solidarity towards the victims of humanitarian disasters in the Philippines,” Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Ana Isabel Sánchez Ruiz said on Thursday (August 4).

The aid is meant for the provision of drinking water, hygiene, mental health and psychosocial support services, and education to hardest hit-areas.

EU also activated the satellite imagery of the Copernicus Emergency Management Service (CEMS) to help other agencies in providing relief.

This comes after Japan gave tents, sleeping pads, generators, plastic sheets, and water containers for the earthquake victims. China, meanwhile, donated P10 million worth of rice.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has already provided over P90.09 million worth of assistance in Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) through food packs and temporary shelters.

According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), the recent earthquake had 63,303 individuals displaced, 410 injured, and 10 reported dead.

Seismologists recorded a powerful magnitude 7.1 earthquake southeast of the town of Dolores on July 27. According to the US Geological Survey, the tremor struck at a shallow depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles).

The Philippines is located on the Pacific Ring of Fire, which causes frequent earthquakes. Due to the collision of major tectonic plates in the region, several earthquakes of smaller magnitude occur on a regular basis. The Celebes Sea earthquake of 1918, with a magnitude of 8.3, was the greatest.

Mark Ernest Famatigan is a news writer who focuses on Philippine politics. He is an advocate for press freedom and regularly follows developments in the Philippine economy. The views expressed are his own.

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