US accepts UN offer to rush aid to victims of Hurricane Katrina

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan announced that the United States has accepted the UN offer of help in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, a UN spokesman said Sunday.

In a statement released by the spokesman, Annan said a small UN Coordination team is in Washington now consulting with government officials on how best the United Nations can complement the United States own emergency efforts.

"The UN's coordination team in Washington will be based at the newly established USAID Hurricane Katrina Operations Center, where offers of international assistance are being coordinated," the statement said.

According to the Secretary-General, the UN office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the World Food Program, the World Health Organization, UNICEF and the High Commissioner for Refugees are ready to provide emergency staff and a wide variety of relief supplies as and when necessary.

Source: Xinhua

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