Netherlands offers US help with Katrina floods
1 September 2005, AMSTERDAM — The Netherlands has offered the US authorities the services of a dike inspection team to help combat the flooding in New Orleans.
1 September 2005
AMSTERDAM — The Netherlands has offered the US authorities the services of a dike inspection team to help combat the flooding in New Orleans.
The team is ready to leave for America if it is required, the Dutch Ministry of Transport and Waterways said on Thursday.
A quarter of the Netherlands' land area lies below sea level and the country has built up a reputation for water management due to the ongoing battle to keep the water at bay.
The officials are attached to the Ministry of Waterways and Public Works and have experience in dealing with burst embankments and flooding. Last year the Dutch town of Stein was flooded when a dike along a canal was breached.
The US response to the offer was not known by Thursday afternoon.
France and Germany have also offered humanitarian assistance to the states in the US effected by Hurricane Katrina.
Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands expressed her condolences to US President George W. Bush about the damage and suffering caused by the hurricane, the government information service RVD said on Thursday.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]
Subject: Dutch news