In response to the destructive wildfires that ravaged coastal regions in Syria in October and impacted 200,000 people, the European Union is providing €80,000 in humanitarian funding to assist those most affected.
These EU humanitarian funds will directly benefit 12,500 people who have been seriously injured, temporarily displaced or have lost their houses, lands, crops or livestock. The support will enable the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) to deliver much needed relief in the form of cash assistance and disaster preparedness.
The cash will help the most vulnerable, especially people who remain displaced in Latakia, Tartous and Homs governorates, meet their basic needs. More than 500 volunteers are involved in the response that will also consist of raising awareness among the affected communities on reducing the risks associated with wildfires.
The funding is part of the EU's overall contribution to the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).