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Indonesia. Brussels triggers the 'blue' plan

(B2) The civil protection mechanism was activated on Wednesday (October 3) in response to the situation in Central Sulawesi province in Indonesia.

The tsunami (a wave of 3 meters) and the earthquake (magnitude 7,5) suffered on Friday (September 28) caused nearly 1400 dead and 2500 injured, according to a still provisional assessment.

(Credit: International Federation of the Red Cross)

Finance, cartography and experts

The European Commission already released 1,5 million euros for emergency humanitarian aid on Monday (October 1). The emergency mapping service of the European Copernicus satellite has also been activated. It was thus able to provide satellite maps to assess the damage and help national authorities and aid services on the ground. The Commission also sent a humanitarian expert to the field to coordinate the European Union's efforts. Aid supplemented by that of the Member States: Denmark and Belgium have already announced that they will release funds, as well as the United Kingdom, then Germany, France and Spain as well.

A British A400M on site

An “Atlas” A400M plane from the British Royal Air Force, which was in the Middle East, was dispatched to the area to ensure supplies in the areas that need it most. A small team of British military experts also deployed, complementing a team of experts and £2 million in aid from DFID, the UK's development department. “ It shows once again that Britain and its allies around the world can count on us to provide support and assistance, no matter the time, place or issue. said British Defense Minister Gavin Williamson.

(Aurélie Pugnet st. & Nicolas Gros-Verheyde)

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).

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