More aid to Afghanistan

20th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

20 March 2007, AMSTERDAM – Development Cooperation Minister Bert Koenders announced during a visit to the country this week that the Netherlands would pledge an additional EUR 100,000 in aid to Afghanistan for the victims of flooding from the Helmand river.

20 March 2007

AMSTERDAM – Development Cooperation Minister Bert Koenders announced during a visit to the country this week that the Netherlands would pledge an additional EUR 100,000 in aid to Afghanistan for the victims of flooding from the Helmand river.

Half of this money will go to the Afghan Red Crescent, the other half will go to a regional emergency aid organisation in the province of Uruzgan.

The defence ministry in The Hague announced on Tuesday that Dutch troops worked with Australians and US soldiers to evacuate some 600 Afghans from the flooded areas.

Heavy rainfall over the past few days caused the Helmand river to overflow and more than 1,000 homes have been destroyed.

The flooding occurred just a few kilometres from the Dutch military base in Deh Rawod. Affected residents were brought to higher ground and given blankets and food packages. An Afghan rescue organisation and local authorities have now taken over care for those who have lost their homes.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

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