Following the catastrophic earthquake which has hit Nepal, China and the European Commission did immediately decide to offer humanitarian aid. In particular, the Chinese government will provide 20 million yuan ($3.3 million) according to an official announcement of Ministry of Commerce. The aid, including supplies of tents, blankets and generators, will be delivered to Nepal by chartered planes while Beijing is prepared to offer further support responding to Nepal’s demands. A 58-strong Chinese Government Medical Team already arrived in Nepal Monday to carry out its humanitarian mission.
From its part, the European Commission is making available €3 million in its immediate response to the vast devastation. This comes in addition to the assistance from the Member States and the deployment of European Commission’s humanitarian aid and civil protection experts to the crisis area. Additionally, the EU Civil Protection Mechanism has been activated. Through it, Member States, including Belgium, Finland, Germany, Greece, Netherlands, Poland and Sweden immediately offered urgently needed search and rescue teams, water purification systems and technical assistance. Other Member States have also expressed their willingness to help. The European Commission can co-finance the transport of EU aid to Nepal.
Sources: Xinhua and European Commission