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The EU Civil Protection Mechanism to help Cyprus cope with blast damage

A destroyed Vasiliko Power Station in Mari, Cyprus, on 12 July 2011, one day after the huge explosion © EPA/KATIA CHRISTODOULOU
14/07/2011  - 

Cyprus has requested assistance through the European Civil Protection Mechanism after the devastating explosion at a naval base near Larnaca.

The authorities have asked for electricity generators to boost power production, which was cut following damage to the country's main power plant.

This request has been communicated to the other 30 countries participating in the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. The Commission's emergency response hub – the Monitoring and Information Centre – is ready to coordinate the delivery of generators.

Cyprus has also requested assistance from European experts for the assessment of damage to the power supply, as well as advice on restoring it. In response, the European Union will deploy a team of experts in health and safety, engineering and technical work. The selection process for the team members is underway, and a civil protection expert from the European Commission is already en route to Cyprus to organise their work.

"Together with our Member States, my services are working to provide the requested assistance in the fastest and most efficient way," said Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva.

Several EU countries have already offered assistance in response to the request from Cyprus.