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Posted: 9/2/2005 7:33:10 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/4/2005 10:58:15 AM EDT by hanau]
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Global Aid Offers Pour Into U.S. in Katrina Aftermath (Update2)

Sept. 2 (Bloomberg) -- At least 40 nations and international organizations have offered aid to the U.S. as Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and the federal government struggle to cope with rescue and relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

The U.S. government will accept any assistance that can help survivors of the storm, Sean McCormack, a State Department spokesman, told reporters yesterday in Washington. Katrina killed hundreds, possibly thousands, in four Gulf coast states and flooded 80 percent of New Orleans.

``The pictures that we see on television are hard to bear,'' German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder told reporters today at the Chancellery in Berlin. ``It is not only our historical duty, because we've received unlimited help from the American people after the war, but it also goes without saying.''

The U.S., the world's largest economy and a leading a provider of global disaster-relief and foreign aid for decades, will take handouts even from poorer nations, such as the Dominican Republic and Sri Lanka, which have offered to help, according to the State Department.

``No offer that can help alleviate the suffering of the people of the affected area will be refused,'' McCormack said.

Cash, Boats

The State Department now is trying to ``match offers with needs,'' spokeswoman Joanne Moore said. Items offered include cash, boats, aircraft, tents, blankets, and power generators.

Sri Lanka is making its $25,000 donation through the American Red Cross, which is running the largest relief operations in the hurricane-ravaged area.

Having suffered the tsunami of December 2004 ``the people of Sri Lanka and I fully comprehend the grief and the sense of loss experienced by the victims of the hurricane,'' Sri Lankan President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga said in a statement.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, a target of criticism by the U.S., offered $1 million to the Red Cross through Citgo, the U.S. subsidiary of the country's national oil company. As many as 2,000 Citgo refinery workers in Lake Charles, Louisiana are homeless, Venezuelan embassy spokeswoman Arelis Paiva said.

The U.S. has tentatively agreed to Germany's offer of airlifting, vaccination, water purification, medical supplies and pumping services, Schroeder said. The aid is ready to go on German air force and chartered planes, he said.

France has offered 600 tents, 1,000 camp beds, 60 generators, and three portable water-treatment plants, Denis Simonneau, deputy spokesman for the French Foreign Ministry, said at a press briefing. A 60-strong disaster relief team could be sent ``very quickly,'' and two planes, two naval ships, a hospital ship, and 35 aid workers are standing ready in the Caribbean, he said.

Power Generators

Australia said it will donate $8 million to the American Red Cross. Japan said it will give $200,000 to the relief group and is also ready to provide an additional $300,000 worth of tents, blankets, power generators, and water tanks. Japanese Foreign Minister Nobutaka Machimura telephoned U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice today to offer help, the Japanese Embassy said.

``What you see is a combination of things: cynical efforts to get in good with the U.S., from people like Hugo Chavez, but there is genuine good will,'' said Michael Mandelbaum, a professor of foreign policy at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies. ``It's the government's policies that are unpopular, but people have a reservoir of good will for Americans.''

Gasoline shortages are among concerns facing the U.S. after the hurricane damaged at least eight refineries. The Bush administration has already decided to offer refiners oil from its national reserve of crude oil.

Oil Shortages

European Union governments agreed to provide oil reserves to the U.S. to plug shortages triggered by Hurricane Katrina, EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana told reporters before a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Newport, Wales today.

``There is international assistance that might actually make a real difference, and that's on oil,'' Mandelbaum said.

Yevgeniy Khorishko, spokesman for the Russian embassy in Washington, said Russia has offered aircraft and specially trained search-and-rescue specialists. He said his office is still waiting to hear from the U.S.

``The offer was made several days ago to the United States, and the new offer was sent yesterday,'' Khorishko said. ``They are assessing what they need at this point.''

Potential Donors

Other nations or organizations that have offered assistance are: Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Canada, China, Colombia, Cuba, Dominica, El Salvador, the European Commission, Greece, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Hungary, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Lithuania, Mexico, NATO, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, the Organization of American States, Paraguay, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, the U.K., and the UN High Commission on Refugees, according to the State Department.

Katrina came ashore Aug. 29, bringing 140-mph winds and a storm surge of more than 20 feet. Estimates of damage throughout Louisiana and Mississippi as well as Alabama and Western Florida exceed $25 billion.

The region's death toll isn't known. Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco has estimated thousands of people died in her state. Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour has put his state's fatalities at about 150.

About 15,000 to 20,000 people have been stranded without help around New Orleans, a city of 500,000 before the storm and the largest metropolitan area affected.

As many as 15,000 troops headed for the city after public order collapsed.

Katrina and its aftermath is likely to rival the 1900 hurricane that killed at least 8,000 in Galveston, Texas, and the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire that killed up to 6,000. Damage from Katrina is expected to exceed the losses from Hurricanes Andrew in 1992 and Camille in 1969, the worst storms in the U.S. in recent years.

The U.S. House of Representative cleared $10.5 billion in immediate disaster relief, and President George W. Bush said he'd sign the measure tonight.

Link Posted: 9/2/2005 8:13:21 PM EDT
I say thanks for the help as long as they keep their snide comments to themselves...
Link Posted: 9/2/2005 10:35:16 PM EDT
It would be nice if this were more widely reported/read, so a whole lot of people would STFU about the topic.
Link Posted: 9/4/2005 10:58:00 AM EDT
World lines up to help after Katrina

World lines up to help after Katrina
04 Sep 2005 15:39:18 GMT
Source: Reuters
(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.

ASIA

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.

AMERICAS

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.

EUROPE:

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.

MIDDLE EAST

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: alertnet@reuters.com; +44 207 542 2432) (Compiled by Matthew Bigg in London)
Link Posted: 9/4/2005 11:06:13 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/4/2005 11:06:54 AM EDT by TheKill]
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.
Link Posted: 9/4/2005 12:14:01 PM EDT
do not forget oil:
(from freerepublic)
"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.

Some updates:
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."

Link Posted: 9/4/2005 12:18:28 PM EDT
Maybe what we do around the world is appreciated?
Link Posted: 9/4/2005 12:40:36 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/4/2005 12:40:54 PM EDT by dewoitine]

Originally Posted By dport:
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.
Link Posted: 9/4/2005 12:43:02 PM EDT
Nothing from North Korea and Syria...what gives?
Link Posted: 9/5/2005 9:19:11 AM EDT
New updates today:
U.S. Overwhelmed With Offers Of International Aid

Big News ^ | 9/5/05


Posted on 09/05/2005 10:06:40 AM PDT by areafiftyone


The United States has received enormous offers of aid from more than 70 countries so far, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Monday.

"We are now putting those offers to good use," she said. "We have used Canadian airlifts, Singaporean helicopters are in the area and have helped with people. We have offers from France and those supplies will be taken up. We have a need, as a matter of fact, for – in some parts of the devastated areas -- for meals ready-to-eat, the MREs, and we have gone out to countries to ask for more of those. We’ve had cash contributions."

The secretary was speaking to reporters in Bayou La Batre, in her home state of Alabama.

"I just want to say that people have said without fail that the United States is a compassionate country that has helped so much when there has been devastation around the world that they want give back to the United States. And that should make us feel good as Americans to know that people acknowledge how much we have been able to help and that they now want to help us," said Ms. Rice.

"The United Nations has mobilized their disaster experts. I want to thank Secretary General Kofi Annan for that. Their people are sitting with our people in Washington to plan out UN support. So there’s just a lot," she added.

Foes such as Venezuela, Iran, and Cuba have been among countries offering help. Arab nations too are at the fore with one country, Kuwait, which was liberated by a U.S.-led coalition in 1991 after being invaded by Iraq, donating $500 million of oil products and humanitarian aid. The tiny country of Qatar has offered $100 million, while 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 for hurricane victims.

Iran has offered to send humanitarian aid to hurricane victims, Reuters reported. "We are prepared to send our contributions to the people through the Red Crescent," Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi told Reuters.

Singapore has sent three Chinook military helicopters to Fort Polk, Louisiana, to help. Australian has donated $10 million cash to the American Red Cross, Indian $5 million, and Japan $500,000. Nigeria has pledged $1 million. All of the tsunami-hit countries have also weighed in despite their limited capacity. These countries have also pledged medical teams, rescue equipment, aircraft, food, and humanitarian aid.

CNN says Cuban President Fidel Castro has offered to fly 1,100 doctors to Houston, Texas, with 26 tons of medicine to treat disaster victims.

France has offered mobile help from rescue teams in the French Antilles in the Caribbean, including a civil defense detachment of 35 people, tents, camp beds, generators, motor pumps, water treatment units and emergency kits, two CASA cargo aircraft, a ship (Batral Francis Garnier) and the frigate Ventose with its Panther helicopter, and a hurricane disaster unit. France also has offered assistance from the French mainland, including several aircraft. In addition, the NGO Telecoms Sans Frontieres, which specializes in restoring phone lines and Internet service in disasters, is ready to send a team of experts and equipment. Veolia Environment, which has facilities in Louisiana, has offered to make its local water management resources available.

Germany, says CNN, has offered a range of assistance, including medical and transportation services, water treatment capabilities and aid in searching for victims and supplies. Germany also has said it is ready and willing to "dip into its own emergency oil reserves" to release some 2 million barrels a day for 30 days.

Italy has offered to send aid and evacuation specialists immediately, 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, Louisiana, and other areas. They were awaiting word from U.S. officials, the unit said.

The Netherlands will provide teams for inspecting dikes and for identifying victims if there is a formal request from the United States. It also will send a frigate from Curacao in the Netherlands Antilles to New Orleans shortly to provide emergency assistance, the Dutch government said.

Russia has offered to help with rescue efforts but is 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's Rescue Authority said it was on standby to supply water purifying equipment, health care supplies and emergency shelters if needed, said CNN.

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, as we reported last week, has written to President Bush offering medical assistance, and expressing a willingness to send hundreds of doctors, nurses, experts in trauma and natural disasters, field hospitals and medical kits and other equipment, as well as temporary housing. Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair has also pledged 100% support.

Link Posted: 9/5/2005 10:50:45 AM EDT

MEXICO: Is sending 15 truckloads of water, food(Yum!I love tacos!) and medical supplies via Texas and the Mexican navy has offered to send two ships, two helicopters and 15 amphibious vehicles.


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!
Link Posted: 9/5/2005 10:56:47 AM EDT
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Link Posted: 9/5/2005 11:05:29 AM EDT
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.
Link Posted: 9/5/2005 11:28:13 AM EDT
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.
Link Posted: 9/5/2005 12:06:07 PM EDT
That is fucking amazing...
Link Posted: 9/5/2005 12:40:02 PM EDT
You know what would be cool is to see all the different nations sending ships in a pic in the Gulf.
Link Posted: 9/5/2005 10:34:24 PM EDT
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.

NTM
Link Posted: 9/5/2005 10:40:59 PM EDT
holy crap, guess alot of countries really want us on there side in the coming years
Link Posted: 9/5/2005 11:07:57 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Inspector1:
holy crap, guess alot of countries really want us on there side in the coming years





Probably a lot to be said here.
Link Posted: 9/5/2005 11:46:29 PM EDT

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.




Link Posted: 9/6/2005 12:02:25 AM EDT
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
Link Posted: 9/6/2005 5:42:03 AM EDT
In case you guys missed it, note this:

Afghanistan - 100,000 dollars.



Originally Posted By Mak:

IRELAND - Initial assistance of 1 million euros



Good job, Ireland!
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