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Commissioner Georgieva on solidarity visit to disaster-stricken Brazzaville

A plume of smoke can be seen over Brazzaville from across the Congo River in Kinshasa, capital of neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo. on March 4, 2012 (c) Belga/Marc Hofer
05/03/2012  - 

Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva has interrupted her visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo to travel to the neighbouring Republic of Congo, whose capital was rocked by a series of explosions which took hundreds of lives and injured over a thousand people on Sunday.

The Commissioner crossed the Congo river from Kinshasa to Brazzaville. She is visiting a hospital where the injured are being treated. Georgieva will also discuss the emergency response with the Republic of Congo authorities. Commissioner Georgieva will convey the condolences of the European Commission to the victims and their families and will express the institution's readiness to coordinate possible European assistance operations.

After her solidarity visit to Brazzaville, Commissioner Georgieva will resume her schedule in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In Kinshasa earlier today the Commissioner announced a hike in EU humanitarian assistance to €59 million for Africa's second largest country.

In the coming days the Commissioner will visit humanitarian projects in the cities of Goma and Bukavu. On 8 March, International Women's Day, she will pay tribute to Congolese women for their dignity and resilience in the face of  conflict, poverty, displacement and sexual aggression.