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In response to the devastating forest fires that ravaged Syria’s coastal regions in October and affected 200,000 people, the European Union is providing €80,000 in humanitarian funding to help those most affected.

These EU humanitarian funds will directly benefit 12,500 people who have been seriously injured, temporarily displaced or have lost their homes, land, crops or livestock. This assistance will enable the Syrian Arab Red Crescent to provide much-needed assistance in the form of cash assistance and disaster preparedness.

The cash funds will help the most vulnerable, especially those still displaced in the governorates of Latakia, Tartus and Homs, to meet their basic needs. More than 500 volunteers are mobilized as part of the response, which will also involve raising awareness among affected communities about reducing the risks associated with forest fires.

The funding is part of the EU’s overall contribution to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies' Emergency Disaster Relief Fund.