The European Union steps up support for victims of deadly hurricane Matthew
EU News 329/2016
Brussels, 7 October 2016
The European Commission is stepping up its support with a further €1.5 million in emergency aid for those most affected by hurricane Matthew in Haiti to cover immediate basic needs. The funding comes in addition to the initial EU humanitarian assistance of €255 000 announced yesterday.
Furthermore, today more EU Member States are offering assistance via the EU's Civil Protection Mechanism. A team of eleven EU civil protection experts from Denmark, Finland, France, Romania and Sweden is travelling to the affected areas today, due to arrive today and tomorrow. They are experts in emergency coordination, logistics, water and sanitation, and health. EU's humanitarian workers and its partners are already on-site providing much needed help.
France, Spain and the United Kingdom are supplying shelters, water purification modules and other flooding management items. The EU's Copernicus emergency management service supports these efforts with satellite maps to assess damages.
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