Haiti - Humanitarian : First aid from the European Union
The European Union (EU), through its Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO), has immediately allocated a first allocation of 255,000 euros for assist worst affected victims. A team of three EU humanitarian experts is deployed on the ground to assess the most urgent needs.
At the request of the Haitian government and in coordination with Member States, the European Union activated the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, in order to mobilize additional means of intervention.
Vincent Degert, Ambassador of the European Union in Haiti, declared "The European Union expresses its solidarity with the people confronted with this particularly violent disaster. Besides, a first financial assistance to provide, through the International Federation of the Red Cross, health services, water and emergency shelters in the worst affected areas, the European Union and its Member States, will deploy in the coming days, civil defense resources to provide, according to the needs, support to the most affected populations."
The EU, which is also involved in Haiti in the coordination to the National Emergency Operations Centre (COUN) closely following the evolution of the consequences of Matthew and continue to provide additional assistance to the victims. Moreover, the Copernicus system of management of EU emergency has provided satellite maps to assess the damage and identify the most affected areas.
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