EU grants over 1 mln USD for disaster prevention in Chile

14:49, June 14, 2011      

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The European Union (EU) said Monday it would give over one million U.S. dollars to two projects in Chile aimed at promoting disaster prevention and risk reduction.

The two projects are part of a 20-million-dollar regional program that seeks to improve the ability of dealing with disasters across South America. Other countries involved are Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru and Venezuela.

Of the grant's total, 532,000 dollars, channeled through the European Commission for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO), will be used to strengthen the civil protection systems in northern Chile.

Another 532,000 dollars will be provided to establish preventative measures in Chile's Maule and Biobio regions and support reconstruction after the devastating earthquake in February 2010.

An additional 2.2 million dollars from ECHO will be given to three other projects in Chile as part of a combined effort to expand the hospital network of South America and to strengthen early warning systems in case of tsunamis.

Source: Xinhua
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