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EU responds to Turkey's request after earthquake

(BRUSSELS2) Several European Union countries responded to the call for international aid, launched late by Turkey (Wednesday evening) after the major earthquake which hit the Turkish province of Van a week ago. The Turkish authorities requested tents and prefabricated houses for those who had lost their homes.

Within 24 hours, 14 EU countries (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, United Kingdom, Sweden, Slovakia, Slovenia, Romania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Germany and Spain) have offered 4700 tents to shelter 22.500 people.

The European Commission also sent a European civil protection team to the disaster site, made up of seven experts (Swedish, Finnish, British, Austrian and Belgian) to ensure the coordination of emergency aid. Europe on the ground.

Read also: Earthquake in Turkey: the EU civil protection unit on alert

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).