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This Friday the first shipment of medical supplies offered by Spain will arrive

BRUSSELS, 10 August (EUROPA PRESS) –

The European Union has activated the European Civil Protection Mechanism to send aid to Cuba for the Matanzas-registered fire that broke out on Thursday due to lightning striking fuel tanks, Crisis Management Commissioner Janez Lenarcic reported this Wednesday.

In a message on social networks, the Slovenian commissioner has indicated that the mechanism will allow the shipment of medical material provided by Spain and expected to arrive this Friday. “I express my solidarity with the victims. The EU stands ready to help coordinate the response,” Lenarcic said.

Community sources confirm to Europa Press that Havana’s requests for assistance have been answered by the Spanish authorities, who have offered 190,624 units of medicine and 107,296 units of medical supplies.

Currently, the Cuban authorities are keeping the preliminary tally of deaths at one, while another 16 people are missing and five of the 24 hospitalized patients are in critical condition, according to the updated census from the Ministry of Health.

This Monday, in the early hours of the morning, a third tank collapsed after the second, spilling fuel on the third.

EU CIVIL RESPONSE MEASURES

The European mechanism aims to strengthen cooperation between EU countries in the field of civil protection in order to improve prevention, preparedness and response to disasters.

If an emergency exceeds the response capacity of a Member State or a third country, you can request assistance through the procedure. The European Commission plays a key role in coordinating operations and contributes at least 75% of the operating or transport costs of humanitarian operations.

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Source europapress.es

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