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Europe helps in Japan's hour of need

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How and what exactly is Europe doing to help Japan’s quake and tsunami victims?

Emergency relief workers are already in place to help search and rescue efforts, but Japan’s also desperately needs aid such as food, fresh water and warm clothing, which needs to be carefully coordinated.

Kristalina Georgieva is the EU’s International Cooperation Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response.

“They look at the International Atomic Agency (IAEA) as the right organising structure to bring assistance on the nuclear side, and they have asked the civil protection mechanism of the European Union to coordinate relief assistance so we act as one rather than overburdening the already stretched Japanese authorities with multiple teams,” said Kristalina Georgieva.

Although the full extent of the disaster is still emerging, Europe’s civil protection agency says it is ready to respond to Japan’s needs.