EU sends emergency experts to Macedonia following flooding

13 Aug 15

The European Commission is to deploy six emergency responders to Macedonia to help the government assess the damage caused by recent floods and mudslides.

Eight European Union states including Austria, Germany, France and the UK offered experts such as civil engineers to assess and help recover critical infrastructure.

Northern Macedonia was hit by flash floods on 4 August, killing at least four people and injured about a dozen more.

The EU said it had already sent Macedonia €84,236 on 19 March through the International Federation of the Red Cross to assist citizens there with the after effects of heavy flooding that are expected this winter.

But the EU funding had to be used early to support the summer floods.

The aid was used to distribute food and other essentials such as hygiene material, clothes and blankets. More than 4,000 people benefited from this, the commission said.

Christos Stylianides, EU commissioner for humanitarian aid and crisis management, said the commission remained in close contact with the relevant authorities in the Macedonian capital, Skopje.

“The EU stands by the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to help in the response to this natural disaster,” Stylianides said.

“We have coordinated and responded in full solidarity to their call for assistance. I am grateful to all participating states for their reaction that made the deployment of the team possible.”

 

  • Judith Ugwumadu
    Judith Ugwumadu

    Judith writes about public finance, public services and economics across Public Finance International and Public Finance. She previously undertook reporting stints at Financial Adviser, Global Security Finance and The Sunday Express.

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