Four EU nations offer flood aid to Romania

4th July 2010, Comments 0 comments

Austria, Belgium, Estonia and France have offered aid to Romania to help it cope with devastating floods that have killed at least 25 people, the European Union said Sunday.

The four countries have offered equipment including inflatable dams, pumps, power generators, water purification systems and lighting kits, said a European Commission statement.

Bucharest activated the EU Civil Protection Mechanism on Friday amid floods that have hit northeastern Romania since June 21 and driven some 16,000 people from their homes.

It has accepted aid offers from Austria and Belgium and is considering those from Estonia and France.

"Once again Europe has witnessed new examples of solidarity when disaster strikes," said Kristalina Georgieva, European commissioner for international cooperation, humanitarian aid and crisis response.

"I would like to convey my appreciation to the countries that have come to the aid of Romania, and my solidarity to the Romanian people suffering the consequences of the flood."

Romanian authorities said the flood death toll climbed to 25 on Saturday when the body of a young man swept away by flood waters on Monday was found, as the Danube river rose to a record level in some places.

Damage caused by the flooding could amount to more than 0.6 percent of gross domestic product, Interior Minister Vasile Blaga said.

© 2010 AFP

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