Two German Army Airbus planes landed in Florida with about 25 tonnes of food rations to be transported to the disaster area. Further planes were prepared. Germany offered airlifting, vaccination, water purification, medical supplies including German air force hospital planes, emergency electrical power and pumping services. The aid is ready to go on German air force and chartered planes. A team of specialists from THW (German federal agency for technical relief) is planning technical measures and logistics in close contact with local authorities. A team of 89 flood fighting specialists and 5 medical personnel has been dispatched from Ramstein Airbase to Louisiana by the American Air Force. They will bring 15 high performance pumps (10 pumps with a capacity of 15,000 litres per minute and 5 pumps with a capacity of 5,000 litres per minute) and 28 vehicles. On Saturday September 10 4:30 pm the THW started the first 15,000 litres pump at pumping-station No. 19. Three other 15,000 litres pumps will follow. The pumping out of New Orleans would have taken much more time if these pumps and the THW specialists had not been provided. The Minister-President of the federal state of Rheinland-Pfalz has addressed a letter to the commanders of the American forces stationed in his state offering financial support to those affected by the flooding. Another German Air Force cargo plane carrying several thousand military rations (MRE) was denied entry into US airspace since, according to US authorities, they were not certified BSE-free. This was disputed by German authorities, pointing out that they were BSE-free according to NATO rules, that US soldiers would eat them regularly during joint operations (e.g. Afghanistan) and that these meals fully complied to UN rules.
Has offered to send a 25-member team of aid workers. The Philippines Red Cross is donating USD 25,000.
International response to the Hurricane Katrina disaster.
Berlin has raised its government aid to $674m. Germany is also sending a mobile hospital to Aceh and a military ship with two helicopters, aid supplies, water treatment equipment and an operating theatre on board. The public has donated an estimated $431m.
The Philippines, which was spared by the waves but recently lost 1,800 killed in devastating storms, will send "a small humanitarian contingent," said President Gloria Arroyo.
Countries around the globe have stepped forward with pledges of cash and assistance to the victims of the southern Asian earthquake and tsunami disaster.
The following is a list of contributions pledged by countries, (as of Saturday, Jan 22nd, 2005 - 06:30 PM GMT) compiled from reports by Reuters bureaux and United Nations agencies.
There are packages coming from international Aid agencies like the IMF, The Red Cross, UNEP, UNICEF and WHO.