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ECHO Factsheet – Caribbean – May 2016

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  • The Caribbean is prone to disasters caused by extreme natural hazards, such as earthquakes, floods, droughts and volcanic eruptions. The hurricane season (June to November) affects thousands of people every year.
  • The European Commission assists affected populations in the aftermath of a disaster, but also by strengthening the resilience of vulnerable communities to future hazards.
  • Since 1994, the European Commission has granted €509.7 million in humanitarian aid to the Caribbean, of which €53 million has been allocated to help communities prepare and strengthen their resilience through Disaster Risk Reduction programmes.
  • The Commission has provided humanitarian assistance for all major disasters impacting the region in the past years: hurricanes Ike and Gustav in 2008, Thomas in 2010, Irene in 2011, Ernesto, Isaac and Sandy in 2012, Erika in 2015, as well as Haiti’s devastating 2010 earthquake and cholera outbreak. Most recently, the Commission has supported the emergency response to different droughts episodes such as the one caused by El Niño phenomena.