Minister Kitt Announces Emergency Assistance for Flood Victims in Prague
Kitt Announces Emergency Assistance for Flood Victims in Prague
In response to the flood crisis in Prague and throughout the Czech Republic, the Minister of State with Special Responsibility for Overseas Development Assistance, Mr Tom Kitt T.D., today allocated €200,000 in emergency humanitarian assistance.
Minister of State Kitt noted that "temporary shelter and other essential relief is needed immediately for the 200,000 people who have been evacuated from their homes in the Czech Republic as a result of the flooding. Ireland Aid will work to ensure that our assistance reaches the elderly and other vulnerable groups affected by the floods as quickly as possible".
The Taoiseach has written to the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, Dr. Vladimir Spidla, to express his sympathy and solidarity for the tragic loss of life caused by the floods.
Minister of State Kitt also announced additional Ireland Aid funding of €100,000 to assist flood victims in Romania and the Slovakia, bringing Ireland's total contribution in response to the flooding in Central Europe to €300,000.
Note to Editors:-
The Ireland Aid contribution will be made through the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) and will assist the Red Cross Societies in the Czech Republic, Romania and Slovakia in meeting the basic needs of flood affected populations in their respective countries. This prompt reaction to the Red Cross Preliminary Appeal represents a strategic response by Ireland Aid to a regional humanitarian problem and will ensure the assistance quickly reaches those worst affected.