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USAID Provides Assistance to Help Battle Fires in Greece

Contact: USAID Press Office,202-712-4320; Public Information,202-712-4810


WASHINGTON, Aug. 27 /Standard Newswire/ -- United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Acting Administrator Henrietta H. Fore today authorized $100,000 to be provided to the Hellenic Red Cross to help combat wildfires in Greece. U.S. assistance will help purchase emergency fire fighting equipment and emergency relief commodities to assist those who have been affected by the devastating fires.


USAID has been in close communication with the U.S. Embassy in Athens since the wildfires began to spread. In response to an appeal from the Government of Greece for international assistance, U.S. Charge d'Affaires Thomas Countryman declared a disaster on August 27 and requested U.S. foreign disaster assistance for the country.


"We express condolences for the lives lost and our sympathy and support to the government and people of Greece as they combat these deadly fires. USAID is closely monitoring the situation and stands ready to provide additional assistance if needed," said Acting Administrator Fore.


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