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EU's response to Chile earthquake: aid commissioner Georgieva's statement

Author: The Sofia Echo staff Date: Sat, Feb 27 2010 3 Comments, 6629 Views
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European Union's first response to the 8.8 magnitude earthquake in Chile on February came from European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Kristalina Georgieva.

Her full statement follows.

"I have been following the news of the large earthquake off Chile overnight. I want to first offer my condolences to the families of those who have been effected by this natural disaster."

"I have immediately activated the Crisis Room at the Commission's Monitoring and Information Centre (MIC), which is working with the European Union's delegation in Santiago. I have mobilized ECHO humanitarian experts to undertake urgent needs assessments if required. 

ECHO has a regional office in Managua as well as offices in Bogota and Quito. The Monitoring and Information Centre is further assessing the situation and the Commission stands ready to provide immediate assistance and coordinate European efforts should that be required".

ECHO is the name of EC's humanitarian aid department.

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    • Anonymous
      Philip H Rating:
      #3 00, 19, Mon, Mar 01 2010

      "The sending warships and troops.
      If I remember correctly, the larger warships have state of the art medical facilities, and electric power generators that can run municipal and hospital facilities, and cafeterias that can prepare and serve thousands of meals daily (from each large warship). Invited troops can supplement the domestic security and engineering teams. The Army corp of Engineers are some of the best engineers known to man. They can erect emergency bridges and other emergency structures faster than anyone else. The emergency bridge may not be "pretty", but supply and service vehicles can use the [...]

      Read the full comment new bridges to get supplies and service personnel where they are desperately needed. When buildings have collapsed, utilities are down, and looters and other criminals have run amok, temporary [AND IT MUST BE TEMPORARY] assistance from a military agency sure beats starvation, disease, and prolonged chaos.

    • Anonymous
      eslaporte Rating:
      #2 21, 35, Sat, Feb 27 2010

      Yes - it is right for the EU to help. The US, true to form, is sending troops and warships!

    • Anonymous
      Peter Hebert Rating:
      #1 17, 57, Sat, Feb 27 2010

      So what is the European Union, a global help desk?

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