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Tuesday, 07 April 2009

Floods in Namibia: EC Civil Protection Mechanism activated

The European Union Member States, through the Community Civil Protection Mechanism, have come to the aid of Namibia, following the worst floods in the country in decades. More than 350,000 citizens have been affected and some 13,000 displaced. The European Commission activated the Community Civil Protection Mechanism on March 23 following a request from Namibia. An expert team was immediately deployed there to coordinate the relief effort on the ground. Assistance is being provided by the Austrian authorities in the form of emergency health kits, tarpaulins and mosquito nets. The first items are scheduled to arrive over the weekend. This complements financial donations from several EU Member States through other channels.
Source: European Commission