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Press Release from the U.N. News Centre:
US ACCEPTS UN OFFER TO RUSH AID TO VICTIMS OF HURRICANE KATRINA
New York, Sep 4 2005 2:00PM
The United Nations announced today that the United States Government has accepted the world body's offer of help in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
A small UN Coordination team is in Washington now consulting with government officials on how the UN can best complement the US's own emergency efforts.
"The UN's coordination team in Washington will be based at the newly established USAID Hurricane Katrina Operations Center, where offers of international assistance are being coordinated," a UN spokesman said in a statement released in New York.
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Among those "ready to provide emergency staff and a wide variety of relief supplies as and when necessary" are the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the World Food Programme (WFP), the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), according to the statement.
In an earlier press release today
, the U.N. announced that it has "mobilized an urgent response to last week's Al Aemma bridge disaster [in Iraq], which killed or injured an estimated 2,000 people, rushing aid to the affected families and working to bolster the capacity of local hospitals to treat survivors."