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World responds to quake-stricken Iran's calls for help

EU to send emergency aid to Iran
Brussels, Dec 27, IRNA -- The European Commission's Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO) said Friday evening that it intends to mobilise about 800,000 euro of emergency assistance for Iran following a major earthquake that struck the country earlier today.

Experts are on the way to the area to carry out needs assessments and further funding may be made available, said a Commission statement.

The President of the European Commission Romano Prodi has sent a message of condolence to the President of Iran Mohammed Khatami. "It was with great sadness that I learnt about the devastating earthquake that has affected the southeast of your country, with the resulting loss of life and destruction.

"On behalf of the European Commission and on my own behalf, allow me to offer you and the people of Iran our sincere condolences and the expression of our deepest sympathy and solidarity with the families of the victims," said Prodi.

The Iranian authorities have requested assistance from the EU through its Civil Protection Response Centre, noted the Commission statement.

Italy will be lead nation in the EU response and search and rescue teams are already on their way to Iran. France has indicated its intention to send a field hospital. Further help will be made available in the coming days, on the basis of the request from the government, it added.

2.3 mn euro EU emergency aid for Iran
Brussels, Dec 27, IRNA -- The European Commission, through its Humanitarian Aid Office, ECHO, announced Saturday its decision to allocate humanitarian aid worth 2,300,000 euro under the "primary emergency aid" procedure to help meet the urgent needs of the quake victims in Iran.

The funds will be used for the provision of search and rescue teams, medical care including field hospitals, water, shelter, heating devices and other non-food items as well as for emergency co-ordination, said a Commission statement.

This funding may be followed up by further decisions, depending on the scale of needs identified and once a more full assessment has been undertaken, it noted.

It is envisaged that the EU humanitarian operations will be implemented through the International Federation of the Red Cross as well as other European NGOs.

ECHO is the European Union's Humanitarian Aid Office, under the direct responsibility of Commissioner Poul Nielson. It funds relief to victims of natural disasters and man-made crises outside the EU.

Japan to extend dlrs one million to Iran for Bam's quake victims
Tehran, Dec 27, IRNA -- the Japanese Embassy in Tehran said here Saturday that the Tokyo government in a bid to supply urgently needed food to the quake-stricken people of Bam will extend a grant of dlrs 770,000 to the Iranian government.

In addition to the financial assistance, a group of Japanese doctors have been dispatched to the area, other emergency aid including large numbers of tents, electricity generators, blankets, and water tankers at a value of dlrs 230,000 have also been offered to the Iranian government.

Belgium to send financial aid to help Iran earthquake victims
Brussels, Dec 27, IRNA -- Belgian Defense Minister Andre Flahaut announced Friday that Belgium has decided to send some 100.000 euros to Iran to help the victims of the earthquake that struck the town of Bam.

The minister explained that the decision had been taken to send cash and not personnel because of the remoteness of the disaster area and the difficulty in getting first-aid workers and tracker dogs there in time, Belgian news agency Belga reported.

The Belgian government's donation is to be used to help purchase the most urgent necessities for earthquake victims, which will be istributed by the Iranian Red Crescent in cooperation with the Belgian Red Cross.

Italian PM calls Iran to immediately declare its requirement for quake-stricken region
Rome, Dec 26, IRNA -- Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi called here Friday the Islamic Republic of Iran to urgently declare its requirement for the quake-stricken people in Bam.

The office of the Italian prime minister voiced sympathy with the event and said despite of holiday seasons in Italy, the Italian relief organizations are ready to meet Iran's demand.

Italian foreign ministry has formed an emergency headquarters to send humanitarian aid to the Iranian victims which consists of sniffer dogs, professional rescue teams as well as despatch of medicine, foodstuffs, technical equipment, tents, heaters and generators.

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