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Cyclone Haiyan, European aid is in place (maj4)

The passage of the cyclone
The passage of the cyclone

(BRUSSELS2) Faced with tropical cyclone Haiyan which hit the Philippines, the European Commission has released emergency aid of 3 million euros. The classic of emergency humanitarian aid. Other aid could thus be released in the hours to come, given the intensity of the disaster: at least 10.000 dead, according to an initial assessment and more than 2000 missing.

major disaster

According to information obtained from the United Nations Humanitarian Aid Office. There are approximately 620.000 people displaced, a quarter of whom are outside evacuation centers (182.000). And the damage in the Tacloban region is major. “ Ensuring hygiene, water supplies, food, shelter and medicine are the immediate priority of Tacloban for the government. (…) The means for air traffic control structures and fuel reserves are damaged. And only military transport planes like C-130 (all terrain) are capable of operating”. All around the airport is desolation. “Access remains a big problem. An 11 km trip from the airport to the city takes approximately 6 hours ". In the city, " cases of looting have been noted and insecurity persists ". In the region around the city it is even worse “ No food, no water, no electricity » according to a team from UNDAC (the UN disaster coordination and assessment service) which crossed the country from Manila. Several islands are affected. Flights to Roxas City, Busuanga and Kalibo. And the northern provinces of Capiz and Iloilo appear to be severely affected.

A Belgian field hospital

Departure of the Belgian B-Fast rescue team (credit: B-Fast)
Departure of the Belgian rescue team B-Fast (credit: B-Fast)

La Belgium very quickly triggered the B'Fast procedure. The decision was taken on Sunday morning in a planning committee chaired by Foreign Minister Didier Reynders. A team of around forty people – mainly medical staff – is leaving this Sunday evening aboard a Belgian defense A330 from Melsbroek airport (Brussels military airport) to set up a field hospital and a module water purification.

The Netherlands have decided to pay 2 million euros to respond to the appeal from the Red Cross and the United Nations.

HMS Daring in 2012 (credit: Royal Navy)
HMS Daring in 2012 (credit: Royal Navy)

Le United Kingdom decided to pay aid of £5 million (to be added to the £1,3 million paid for disaster preparedness). A team of 4 people from DFID came to reinforce the 3 humanitarian experts already on site in order to coordinate the aid. (Maj) Great Britain will deploy – as Prime Minister Cameron clarified this Monday (11/11) – a military ship HMS Daring (D-32) in order to provide humanitarian assistance. In addition to the on-board helicopter which should be very useful, this Type 45 destroyer carries equipment to desalinate sea water to make it drinkable. A C-17 plane will also be deployed to bring humanitarian aid and various materials.

THEIreland offered 1 million euros which will be distributed through Irish NGOs, in order to provide shelter, food, water and basic necessities (equipment provided by Irish Aid and distributed in the Philippines by the NGO Plan Ireland). Furthermore, Ireland's Rapid Response Corps is on standby to provide expert assistance to UN agencies present on the ground, said Tánaiste (Deputy Prime Minister) Eamon Gilmore, Minister of Foreign Affairs.

(shift) Germany announced the departure of 23 tonnes of humanitarian aid to the disaster-stricken Visayas region on Sunday through its embassy in Manila. A medical team as well as the federal agency THW (German disaster relief organization) will also be deployed on site.

(shift) The France decided to send 10 tonnes of relief material (tents, tarpaulins, etc.) by plane. Aid is expected to arrive Wednesday morning in the disaster-stricken province of Cebu in the Philippines. Calls for donations have also been launched by French NGOs.

Visit of Commissioner Piebalgs and condolences from Van Rompuy

The European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, began a three-day visit to the Philippines on Sunday. (shift).  During his visit on Tuesday (November 12), he announced the release of an additional 10 million euros to deal with the humanitarian disaster but focused more on reconstruction.“We would like to see no gap between the emergency effort and long-term actions” he said in a statement.

The President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, expressed on Sunday “his great sadness” at the loss of life and massive destruction. “ The European Union is on your side to face the painful consequences of this natural disaster he added in a press release.

European Civil Protection Mechanism triggered

(update) The European Union Civil Protection Mechanism (EUCP) was activated on Monday: “a team of 6 to 8 civil protection experts will be deployed in the coming days to coordinate relief efforts with the Philippine authorities and international organizations. says the European Commission.

International aid

The transport plane, Ilyushin ll-76, sent to the Philippines (Credit: NATO)
The transport plane, Ilyushin ll-76, sent to the Philippines (Credit: NATO)


(updated) In response to a request from Sweden, the strategic consortium of NATO (Strategic Airlift Interim Solution (SALIS)) sent a transport plane, the Ilyushin ll-11, loaded with tents, water purifiers, food, office equipment, and computers to the disaster-stricken town of Tablocan in the Philippines on Monday (November 76). , in order to respond to humanitarian needs.


Helicopters provided by the ministry Russian of Emergency Situations (EMERCOM) were mobilized during the night from Sunday to Monday (H. Philippines). The Russians are also expected to provide electricity generators and communications equipment.

A US Army M22 Orsey flies over the Philippines. (US Department of Defense)
A US Army M22 Orsey flies over the Philippines (Credit: US Department of Defense)

(shift) TheU.S. Army gets going. Search and rescue resources, with the support of helicopters and maritime surveillance planes and logistical resources will be released. 90 American soldiers were deployed there with a C-17. Coming from Tokyo, the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73) was requisitioned with 5000 sailors and 80 planes on board. This aid includes the sending of an M-22 Osprey by the US Army, a tilt-rotor helicopter, in order to access difficult areas.

Le Canada pledged $5 million.

(update 13/11) 147 soldiers Israeli were also sent to the Philippines on Wednesday (November 13) loaded with 100 tons of medical and humanitarian aid, to establish a forward medical post in the town of Bogo in the north of Cebu province, announced the Israeli Foreign Ministry .

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Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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