MIL-OSI Translation: Flooding in Armenia: Switzerland deploys specialists from the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit

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MIL OSI Translation. Government of the Republic of France statements from French to English –

Source: Switzerland – Department of Foreign Affairs in French

Federal Department of Foreign Affairs

Bern, 04.06.2024 – Heavy rains have caused flooding in northern Armenia, resulting in considerable loss of life and property. In some localities, water and mud have risen to almost two meters, destroying many homes and infrastructures. At the request of the Armenian authorities, Switzerland is deploying specialists from the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit to the devastated areas. Their tasks will include assessing the solidity of bridges and other infrastructure. Switzerland has earmarked a maximum of CHF 500,000 to support efforts on site.

Heavy rains have caused flooding, resulting in considerable loss of life and property in several localities in northern Armenia. More than 400 people had to be evacuated. Numerous infrastructures were damaged or destroyed, in particular roads and bridges, as well as gas and water pipes. In some villages, buildings have collapsed and mud and water have risen to almost two meters. In view of the scale of the disaster, the Armenian authorities requested assistance through the European Union Civil Protection Mechanism (EUCPM), particularly for civil engineers.

Switzerland immediately responded by offering to help. Following acceptance and interest expressed by the Armenian authorities, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) deployed members of the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit (SHA). The seven-strong team includes engineers and statics technicians. They left Switzerland for Armenia last night and will support the Armenian authorities in assessing the strength of bridges and other damaged infrastructure.

Already active in the country and in the South Caucasus, the SDC has earmarked up to 500,000 Swiss francs to support the emergency response in the affected areas, which are also among the most disadvantaged in the country. Switzerland is also monitoring the flood situation in Europe, and particularly in neighboring countries. It is ready to offer its assistance to countries that request it.

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Communication DFAFederal Palace WestCH-3003 BernTel. Press Office: +41 58 460 55 55E-Mail: kommunikation@eda.admin.chTwitter: @EDA_DFAE

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Federal Department of Foreign Affairshttps://www.eda.admin.ch/eda/fr/dfae.html

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