The European Union brings relief to the victims of the recent floods in Trinidad and Tobago

 

PORT OF SPAIN, 22 December 2022 – In response to the recent wave of intense floods that hit Trinidad and Tobago, the European Union is providing €70,000, circa TT$490,000 in humanitarian funding to assist the most affected and vulnerable.

The current EU humanitarian funding will support the Trinidad and Tobago Red Cross society in delivering much needed assistance including the distribution of hygiene and cleaning kits, blankets and unconditional cash support.

The intervention will last for four months and aims at providing immediate support to approximately 1,250 people who have been severely impacted by the flooding. The Trinidad and Tobago Red Cross Society will identify the 250 most vulnerable families not eligible for emergency grants issued by the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services – households with children under five years, elders, pregnant women, single mothers, people with disabilities or chronic diseases and people leaving in makeshift houses – and provide them with a one-off cash assistance to purchase what they most urgently need.

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).

Trinidad and Tobago experienced persistent rainfall in November which led to saturated soils and the overflow of rivers, causing floods and landslides in 12 administrative districts. The Flood waters receded slowly, and several rural communities were submerged for days. Local authorities estimate that some 100,000 people have been affected, 15,000 of whom need some form of assistance.

Background

The European Union and its Member States are the world's leading donor of humanitarian aid. Relief assistance is an expression of European solidarity with people in need all around the world. It aims to save lives, prevent and alleviate human suffering, and safeguard the integrity and human dignity of populations affected by natural disasters and man-made crises.

Through its Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations department, the European Union helps millions of victims of conflict and disasters every year. With headquarters in Brussels and a global network of field offices, the European Union provides assistance to the most vulnerable people on the basis of humanitarian needs.

The European Union is signatory to a €3 million humanitarian delegation agreement with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the Federation's Disaster Response Emergency Fund (DREF). Funds from the DREF are mainly allocated to “small-scale” disasters – those that do not give rise to a formal international appeal.

The Disaster Response Emergency Fund was established in 1985 and is supported by contributions from donors. Each time a National Red Cross or Red Crescent Society needs immediate financial support to respond to a disaster, it can request funds from the DREF.  For small-scale disasters, the IFRC allocates grants from the Fund, which can then be replenished by the donors. The delegation agreement between the IFRC and ECHO enables the latter to replenish the DREF for agreed operations (that fit within its humanitarian mandate) up to a total of €3 million.

Karen SHEPPARD – Press and Information officer

European Delegation in Trinidad and Tobago

Tel: +1-868-622-6628 ext 238 | Mob.: +1-868-798-0812 / karen.sheppard@eeas.europa.eu

 

Daniele PAGANI– Regional Information Officer for Latin America and the Caribbean

European Commission Directorate General for Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO)

Mob. | WhatsApp +507 6330-9572 / daniele.pagani@echofield.eu