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Caribbean to benefit from EU multimillion-dollar disaster preparedness fund

Published:Wednesday | May 20, 2015 | 5:47 AM

The European Union (EU) has allocated US$10 million for risk reduction activities in the Caribbean. 

Communities highly exposed to floods, hurricanes, tsunamis and earthquakes will benefit from disaster preparedness projects funded by the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department.

According to an EU statement, 14 projects will be implemented in the region between 2015 and 2016.

They will be aimed at reducing vulnerability to natural hazards and preparing communities and authorities to more effectively respond to emergencies.

More than 400,000 people will benefit from this assistance throughout the region. 

The EU says all projects will be implemented in close coordination with the national risk management systems of each country and the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency.