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Thursday, 06 January 2011

The EU saved 140 million people last year, says aid commissioner

Despite the financial crisis most Europeans support humanitarian spending overseas, according to EU aid and crisis response commissioner Kristalina Georgieva. In an exclusive interview with WAZ.EUobserver<http://waz.euobserver.com/887/31564>, she explains how the EU helped 140 million people survive natural disasters and conflicts in 2010.Crises including the Haiti earthquake killed 280,000 people across the world in 2010, compared to an average annual death toll of 70,000, and economic losses soared to €180 billion, compared to €80 billion in previous years.

Source: Euobserver