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EU boosts Nepal aid to nearly 23 million euros

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By Euronews  with Reuters
EU boosts Nepal aid to nearly 23 million euros

<p>The European Commission agreed on Monday to boost its aid to Nepal by 16.6 million euros.</p> <p>That’s nearly quadruple the original commitment of 6 million euros made following last week’s earthquake. Jointly, Brussels and EU member states have pledged 40 million in aid.</p> <p>EU Commissioner Christos Stylianidis, who’s responsible for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, has just returned from a four day mission in Kathmandu to witness the destruction for himself.</p> <p>Read his statement following the trip:</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">My statement about the conclusions of my mission to <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Nepal?src=hash">#Nepal</a> <a href="http://t.co/3QqelrFokk">http://t.co/3QqelrFokk</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NepalEarthquake?src=hash">#NepalEarthquake</a></p>— Christos Stylianides (@StylianidesEU) <a href="https://twitter.com/StylianidesEU/status/595188695256461313">May 4, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Commissioner Stylianidis said the additional funds would be released this week.</p> <p>“We have to beat the monsoon season. That’s due in around 3 or 4 weeks and if we’re in the same situation then, the change in the weather will create massive problems,” he added.</p> <p>The funds have been earmarked for the most urgent needs including clean water, medicine, telecommunications and shelter.</p> <p>Read how aid for Nepal is piling up at Katmandu airport because of import restrictions.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Humanitarian aid is piling up unused at Nepal's biggest airport because of import restrictions <a href="http://t.co/jMPH0xuOz8">http://t.co/jMPH0xuOz8</a> <a href="http://t.co/vDayWNJ0yi">pic.twitter.com/vDayWNJ0yi</a></p>— The Independent (@Independent) <a href="https://twitter.com/Independent/status/594957936562184192">May 3, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Local truck drivers are helping deliver aid to quake-hit communities in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Nepal?src=hash">#Nepal</a> <a href="https://t.co/SiIQNSqRKj">https://t.co/SiIQNSqRKj</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NepalQuake?src=hash">#NepalQuake</a> <a href="http://t.co/K6xYUbnyTh">pic.twitter.com/K6xYUbnyTh</a></p>— <span class="caps">IRIN</span> News (@irinnews) <a href="https://twitter.com/irinnews/status/595218075143671808">May 4, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>