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ECHO Factsheet – Mekong Region (Cambodia, Lao PDR, Vietnam) – September 2016

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Facts & Figures

EU humanitarian assistance

Cambodia: €14.6 million to assist victims of natural disasters since 2009

Lao PDR: €17 million in response to natural disasters since 1998

Vietnam: €26.6 million in response to natural disasters since 1994

Disaster preparedness

€31.7 million for disaster preparedness in the three Mekong countries since 1995, including €1.6 million in 2016-2017

Key messages

  • Located in one of the world's most disaster-prone regions, the Mekong region - made up of Vietnam, Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) and Cambodia - is frequently affected by natural disasters, especially by floods, droughts and typhoons.

  • The European Commission has provided over €58.2 million in humanitarian assistance to the three Mekong region countries since 1994, including over €2 million in response to a severe drought and saltwater intrusion that hit Vietnam at the end of 2015

  • A well-prepared community saves lives and reduces the impact of natural hazards. Integrating Disaster Risk Reduction* (DRR) measures in humanitarian aid and strengthening local communities' resilience are key priorities for ECHO.

  • The European Commission has invested €31.7 million in disaster preparedness initiatives in the region, to help communities better prepare for natural disasters and contribute to build up their resilience.