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EU readies P45.27-M worth of assistance to quake victims in Northern Luzon

The European Union (EU) announced on Thursday that it would provide the victims of the magnitude 7 earthquake that struck Northern Luzon last week with emergency aid worth EUR 800,000 (P45.27 million).

In a statement, the EU said the funding aims to deliver safe drinking water and sanitation, hygiene, mental health and psychosocial support services, as well as education to the most vulnerable in the hardest hit areas.

“With this assistance, the European Union reaffirms its commitment and solidarity towards the victims of humanitarian disasters in the Philippines,” Chargé d'Affaires Ana Isabel Sánchez Ruiz of the EU Delegation to the Philippines said.

Ruiz also said the Copernicus Emergency Management Service (CEMS) had activated satellite imagery and other data to assist relief agencies in transporting emergency assistance in Northern Luzon.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) reported at least 2,400 aftershocks following the earthquake that hit Abra on July 27.

The province of Abra, meanwhile, was placed under a state of calamity due to the destruction caused by the earthquake. —VBL, GMA News