The Eu ropean Commission on September 30 announced two million EUR (2.9 million USD) in fast-track humanitarian aid to help victims of Typhoon Katsana in Vietnam , Cambodia and Laos.

A rapid response team from the Eu ropean Commission's humanitarian aid department (ECHO) is also being sent to Vietnam to assess needs in the stricken area, the EU 's executive branch said in a statement.

The commission is likely to provide the victims with an additional four million EUR after considering current situations in the three countries.

EU Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Karel De Gucht said Ketsana typhoon has brought misery and suffering to many people when it struck the mainland of Southeast Asia.

"We need to get help to the affected people as quickly as possible," he said.

“These initial fast-track funds are for basic emergency needs but we recognise that people may need humanitarian support for some time after this tragedy. We are ready to boost our support further, if required,” the commissioner added.

Typhoon Ketsana has killed a total of 312 people in the region, according to latest tolls, with the Philippines worst hit with 246 dead./.