countries offering aid
I say thanks for the help as long as they keep their snide comments to themselves...
It would be nice if this were more widely reported/read, so a whole lot of people would STFU about the topic.
World lines up to help after Katrina
World lines up to help after Katrina
04 Sep 2005 15:39:18 GMT
(Updates with British entry)
Sept 4 (Reuters) - Hurricane Katrina has devastated New Orleans and U.S. Gulf Coast states, killing hundreds of people and possibly thousands, and drawing support pledges from rich and poor, traditional friends and foes of the United States.
The State Department or country officials have said offers of help had been received from: Afghanistan, Australia, Austria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Belgium, Canada, China, Columbia, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Germany, Guatemala, Greece, Guyana, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Paraguay, Philippines, Portugal, South Korea, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, and Venezuela.
International organisations and religious institutions also offered help ranging from medical teams to tents to cash donations. They include NATO, the Organisation of American States, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, the World Health Organization, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Socities and Cor Unum, the Vatican's central charity organisation.
A State Department official said a needs assessment was being done to determine which offers would be accepted.
The United Nations has o
ffered to help coordinate international relief. Following is a list of some of the aid offered by governments.
AUSTRALIA: "We're going to provide A$10 million and the bulk of that money, if not all of it, will go to the American Red Cross," said Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer.
CHINA: China offered $5 million in aid for victims. If needed, the Chinese government is also prepared to send rescue workers, including medical experts, officials said.
JAPAN: Will provide $200,000 to the American Red Cross to assist victims of Hurricane Katrina, the Japanese Foreign Ministry said. Japan will also identify needs in affected regions via the U.S. government and will provide up to $300,000 in emergency supplies if it receives requests for such assistance, the ministry said.
SINGAPORE: The Singapore Armed Forces, responding to requests by the United States Texas Army National Guard, has sent three Chinook helicopters to Fort Polk, Louisiana, to help in relief efforts. The government said the Chinooks will help to ferry supplies and undertake airlift missions.
SOUTH KOREA: Has pledged aid and is waiting for a U.S. response, a government official said.
SRI LANKA: Will donate $25,000 to the American Red Cross.
CANADA: Defence Minister Bill Graham has indicated that three warships and a coast guard vessel are being loaded with relief supplies and 1,000 personnel. They will be ready to travel to Louisiana as required in the coming days.
CUBA: Cuban President Fidel Castro offered to fly 1,100 doctors to Houston with 26 tonnes of medicine to treat victims.
MEXICO: Is sending 15 truckloads of water, food and medical supplies via Texas and the Mexican navy has offered to send two ships, two helicopters and 15 amphibious vehicles.
VENEZUELA: President Hugo Chavez, a vocal critic of the United States, offered to send cheap fuel, humanitarian aid and relief workers to the disaster area.
BRUSSELS - The European Union and NATO said they had received official requests from the United States to provide emergency assistance for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
The United States has asked for first aid kits, blankets, water trucks, and 500,000 prepared meals, the EU executive Commission said, adding further needs were being identified.
BRITAIN - Britain is sending 500,000 military ration packs to areas hit by Katrina.
FRANCE: Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin said France was ready to offer help: "We have rescue teams based in the Caribbean and we are naturally ready to provide aid to the Americans, and that is what we have told them."
GERMANY: A German Army Airbus plane landed in Florida on Saturday with 10 tonnes of food rations to be transported to the disaster area; a second plane was being prepared.
ITALY: Has offered to send aid and evacuation specialists, Italy's civil protection unit said. Authorities have prepared two military transport planes to fly amphibious vessels, pumps, generators, tents and personnel to New Orleans and other areas.
NETHERLANDS: Will provide teams for inspecting dykes and for identifying victims if there is a formal request from the United States. It will also send a frigate from Curacao to New Orleans shortly to provide emergency assistance, the government said.
RUSSIA: Has offered to help with rescue efforts, but is still awaiting a reply from Washington.
SPAIN: Expects to receive a formal request to release gasoline stocks to the United States and is prepared to grant it, an Industry Ministry spokesman said.
SWEDEN: The Rescue Authority said it was on stand-by to supply water purifying equipment, healthcare supplies and emergency shelters if needed.
IRAN: Offers to send humanitarian aid to a country that has labelled Iran part of the "axis of evil". "The victims have complained about the lack of timely assistance and we are prepared to send our contributions to the people through the Red Crescent," said Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi.
ISRAEL: Sending health and defence officials to the U.S. to help coordinate aid.
QATAR: Pledged $100 million in aid to the disaster victims, the official QNA news agency reported.
SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi Refining, a Houston-based subsidiary of state oil firm Saudi Aramco, will donate $5 million to the American Red Cross to support relief efforts.
KUWAIT - Wealthy OPEC nation Kuwait is donating $500 million worth of oil products and other humanitarian aid, news agency KUNA reported.
INTERNATIONAL AGENCIES, ORGANISATIONS
RED CROSS/RED CRESCENT: The Geneva-based International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crecent Societies is sending some 80 disaster experts from more than 10 countries in response to a call from the American Red Cross. They will support volunteers providing food and shelter, the Federation said.
COR UNUM: Pope Benedict announced he had asked the Vatican's central charity organisation, Cor Unum, to coordinate Catholic aid for hurricane victims. "We have all been pained in the last few days by the disaster caused by the hurricane in the United States of America, particularly in New Orleans," Benedict said. (For more news about emergency relief visit Reuters AlertNet http://www.alertnet.org email: email@example.com; +44 207 542 2432) (Compiled by Matthew Bigg in London)
Will the Mexicans with the water trucks be there before we accept the offer?
Amazing some of the countries offering help.
Kuwait - $500 MILLION????? Wow.
do not forget oil:
"Canada: Prime Minister Paul Martin has announced the release of 30,000 barrels of gasoline and oil for U.S. use.
France said it had agreed to contribute the equivalent of 92,000 barrels of oil per day in refined products – mainly petrol
Spain said it will release 70,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day
The German Economy Ministry said the country would contribute about 6% of the total. That would be about 120,000 barrels a day.
Switzerland intended to provide the 360,000 barrels of petrol from its emergency reserves. In the 60 years since the obligatory Swiss reserves were created they have never once been touched.
Britain said it plans to release 73,000 barrels of oil a day for the next 30 days.Britain to release 2.2m barrels of oil to avert fuel crisis.
French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy said France would send its entire stock of emergency supplies, including tents, blankets, cooking equipment and camp-beds, prepositioned on the French Caribbean island of Martinique for just such an eventuality. Douste-Blazy said one shipment would leave from Fort-de-France within 24 hours and another within 48 hours.
In addition, the French international water company Veolia, formerly the Compagnie General des Eaux, offered to provide water tankers from its base in Houston.
Britain was to send 500,000 military ration packs to the devastated regions, the ministry of defence said Sunday.
The armed forces meal boxes -- which include a 24-hour food supply -- will be flown to the US early Monday to help feed the homeless.
Germany shipped 25 tonnes of food aid to the flood-stricken regions over the weekend, the defence ministry said Sunday.
A military transport aircraft carrying 15 tonnes of individual food rations left Sunday for Pensacola, Florida, following the arrival Saturday of 10 tonnes of food aid from Germany.
An Italian military plane, loaded with aid, was expected to leave Sunday for the United States, Italian authorities said.
The C-130 Italian air force plane will carry first aid kits for 15,000 people, as well as infant food, blankets, pumps, water-purifying devices and inflatable rafts.
Kuwait is offering 500 million dollars (400 million euros) in oil products "needed by the afflicted states in these conditions and other humanitarian assistance," Energy Minister Sheikh Ahmad Fahd al-Sabah told the official KUNA news agency Sunday.
The United Arab Emirates are sending "urgent humanitarian aid" to buy medical supplies, tents, food and clothes, the official news agency said without stating figures.
War-torn and desperately poor Afghanistan has offered 100,000 dollars in disaster relief aid, the US embassy in Kabul announced Sunday.
The Indonesian government, still coping with the aftermath of the December 26 tsunami, has offered to send 40 medical doctors to the United States, state media said Sunday, quoting a senior minister.
South Korea on Sunday offered to donate 30 million dollars in cash as part of its planned humanitarian aid, officials said.
Over the weekend Norway offered the United States 10 million kroner (1.6 million dollars, 1.3 million euros) to help relief efforts.
Sri Lanka -- also still recovering from the December 26 tsunami which devastated the island's coastlines and killed 31,000 people -- said it had donated 25,000 dollars and asked doctors to help.
China said it would offer five million dollars, while Japan said it had proposed sending an emergency rescue team.
The Philippines announced the dispatch of a 25-member team of aid workers with the first 10 members of the team, consisting of doctors, nurses and sanitary engineers, scheduled to leave this week
(Japan) to release 60M barrels of oil, gas
The governments of 26 countries have agreed to release the equivalent of two million barrels of oil per day from strategic reserves to cope with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the International Energy Agency said.
The International Energy Agency will provide up to 60 million barrels of crude oil and gasoline from its emergency stockpiles.
The combined 60 million barrels will translate into an added 2 million barrels of petroleum products entering the market each day, according to the Energy Department. In U.S. measure, a barrel equals 42 gallons.
Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and Japan are expected to send the bulk of these supplies, mostly in the form of refined products."
Maybe what we do around the world is appreciated?
Or that the worse you will ever face is having your gouvernment disliked, not your people.
Nothing from North Korea and Syria...what gives?
New updates today:
U.S. Overwhelmed With Offers Of International Aid
ummm... Mexican water? No thanks, I think I would rather drink the flood water. Either case, you would probably spend the same amount of time on the toilet with the squirts.
LoL, when I think of the Mexican navy, it brings up images in my mind of Sean Penn and his sinking bass boat!
To me, this says that the rest of the world realizes that we are the first there in a crisis and actually want to return the favor.
Some of it may be just to try to get in our good graces, but unless their leaders state that we'll never know, and shouldn't ask.
I really didn't expect any other country to lift a finger.
I'm incredibly impressed with the aid offered from the small poor countries we've helped out in the past with disaster relief. El Sal, Jamaica, Paraguay, Guyana, Guatemala, and especially Sri Lanka. The fact that Sri Lanka tossed up 25,000 impresses the hell out of me, considering what they just went through.
That is fucking amazing...
You know what would be cool is to see all the different nations sending ships in a pic in the Gulf.
Add Ireland to that list.
Rations, tents, two water purification plants (and troops to run them), a million Euro in other aid, plus contributions to the EU response.
holy crap, guess alot of countries really want us on there side in the coming years
Probably a lot to be said here.
MEXICO: Is sending 15 truckloads of water, food and medical supplies via Texas and the Mexican navy has offered to send two ships, two helicopters and 15 amphibious vehicles and 2 million more people.
JAPAN: Will provide $200,000 to the American Red Cross to assist victims, the Japanese Foreign Ministry said. Japan will also identify needs in affected regions via the U.S. government and will provide up to $300,000 in emergency supplies if it receives requests for such assistance, the ministry said.
One of the poorest nations in the world:
BANGLADESH: Offered $1.0 million donation as humanitarian aid, the foreign ministry said.
Out of the European nations, one of the smallest of countries and not one of the richest:
IRELAND - Initial assistance of 1 million euros
In case you guys missed it, note this:
Afghanistan - 100,000 dollars.
Good job, Ireland!