EU announces additional assistance for Iran to cope with devastating floods

BRUSSELS, The European Union Friday announced that it has activated its Civil Protection Mechanism to help those affected by floods in the northern and south western parts of Iran following a request from Tehran.

The Mechanism consists of EU governmental aid delivered in the immediate aftermath of a disaster in a country.

EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid, Christos Stylianides, said “the EU is again providing concrete support to people in need and I would like to thank our participating countries for their swift offer of assistance.” “This action highlights the great extent of European solidarity with the people of Iran. Our thoughts remain with the brave responders on the ground and those affected by the floods. We stand ready to provide further assistance,” he said.

As an immediate response, the EU has received offers of assistance from France, Czech Republic and Slovakia. The assistance offered includes kitchen sets, blankets, water pumps and waterproof tents which will be delivered in the coming days, he noted.

The EU’s Copernicus satellite mapping service is also being used to provide detailed information on the damage caused by flood in the affected areas to help local authorities working on the ground.

This assistance comes on top of the 1.2 million euro (USD 1.35 million) in emergency support provided by the EU to humanitarian partners already announced last week.

Source: Kuwait News Agency