EU emergency funds for cyclone-hit Cook Islands

from Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Published on 23 Feb 2010 View Original
The European Union has announced the allocation of $US110,000 for the cyclone-ravaged Cook Islands.

The EU says the money will go towards rehabilitation work in the wake of widespread devastation caused by Tropical Cyclone Pat earlier this month.

PacNews says the donation will be used for the provision of emergency relief supplies such as tarpaulins, blankets, water containers and hygiene kits, which are in urgent demand in atolls badly hit by the cyclone.

The European Union says the funds will be channelled through the Cook Islands Red Cross.

The head of the EU Delegation for the Pacific says with three successive tropical cyclones within the space of 14 days, people in the affected atolls of the Cook Islands are in dire need of food, water, shelter and medicine.

The government has declared the island of Aitutaki a disaster zone while in a state of emergency.

Red Cross officials estimate that 1,600 islanders on Aitukai need urgent assistance.

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