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EU available to support victims of torrential rains but government did not ask for help

The European Union (EU) ambassador to Angola said that the Government “did not request” any extraordinary funds to assist the victims of the latest torrential rains in Luanda, expressing itself “available” for a dialogue on the matter.


"We have not yet received a request in this regard, but you can be sure that all the programs we already support in Angola are also to effectively support Angola in very difficult times," said Jeannette Seppen, when asked by Lusa.

Speaking at the end of the program presentation ceremony on "Strengthening Synergies between Social Protection and Public Finance Management", the diplomat said the EU is available to support Angola "in all circumstances".

According to Jeannette Seppen, the European Union has a "very active" dialogue with the Government and with civil society: "So, we are here, together and together, to see what is the best way to give the support that will be asked of us".

At least 24 people died in Luanda, victims of Monday's torrential rains which also caused 60 homes to collapse, more than 2,000 houses flooded and affecting more than 2,300 families, many of whom were left in the open.

The rains also left several flooded neighborhoods and streets, bridges and other public and private infrastructure damaged.

Contrary to the consequences of the rains, Jeannette Seppen exemplified that the EU "has a major project" in support of the areas most affected by drought in southern Angola, where "long-term structures should be built in order to guard against the challenge of immediate shocks".

"To have protection for the future and not have to move from one moment to the next, it is really the institutional capacity to respond to crises that are of nature or of another type", she assured.

The European Union made available 1.8 million euros to finance, for a period of three years, the program to improve synergies between social protection and public finance management, presented in Luanda by the Minister of State for Social Affairs, Carolina Cerqueira.

The program, which will be implemented by the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef), plans to strengthen the capacity of public institutions to increase the budget and improve the provision of social protection services in Angola.

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