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EU mobilises additional help for flood victims in Pakistan

Commission Européenne - IP/11/1067   22/09/2011

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European Commission - Press release

EU mobilises additional help for flood victims in Pakistan

Brussels, 22 September 2011 - The EU and its Member States are to provide more assistance to Pakistani areas affected by heavy monsoon rains. In addition to EUR 10 million the European Commission has approved last Friday in emergency relief to the victims of the monsoon floods in Pakistan (IP/11/1038), various relief items will be channelled to flood victims through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism.

In its request to the Monitoring and Information Centre (MIC) Pakistan has stated the need for tents, water purification equipment and tablets, blankets and medicines, among others. Austria, Slovakia and France have already offered to provide some of the items requested. The in-kind assistance will be transported to the flooded areas shortly.

Today the MIC has deployed an EU civil protection team to Pakistan to facilitate the coordination of the incoming assistance through the Mechanism. The team of five experts coming from Denmark, Sweden and Poland and a MIC liaison officer will stay in Pakistan for approximately 10 days.

Background

The EU Civil Protection Mechanism facilitates cooperation in disaster response among 31 European states (EU-27 plus Croatia, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway). The participating countries pool the resources that can be made available to disaster-stricken countries all over the world. When activated, the Mechanism coordinates the provision of assistance inside and outside the European Union. The European Commission manages the Mechanism through the Monitoring and Information Centre (MIC).

Since its creation in 2001, the Mechanism has been activated for disasters in Member States (like the forest fires in Portugal, floods in the Balkans in 2010 and explosion at a naval base in Cyprus in 2011) but also worldwide, including recent earthquakes in Haiti, Chile and Japan. Several Participating states provided assistance to Pakistan through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism during the floods in the summer of 2010.

For more information

Commissioner Georgieva's website:

http://ec.europa.eu/commission_2010-2014/georgieva/index_en.htm

The European Commission's humanitarian aid and civil protection:

http://ec.europa.eu/echo/index_en.htm

Contacts :

David Sharrock (+32 2 296 89 09)

Irina Novakova (+32 2 295 75 17)


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