By Johann Earle, Stabroek news, Fri, 20 Jan 2006, 09:15

Georgetown, January 19, 2006 (Stabroek News) - The regional disaster relief warehouse being built at Timehri is due for completion next week and should be put to use to bring relief to scores of residents of East Coast, West Bank and other flooded areas.

Colonel Chabilall Ramsarup, Head of the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) said the warehouse would be galvanised into action during the present rainy season if needed.

Source: http://www.stabroeknews.com/index.pl/article_general_news?id=45116502

The CARICOM side at the Eleventh Japan-CARICOM consultation held in Tokyo, Japan earlier this month reiterated the importance of environmental protection and natural disaster management and mitigation, and the Japanese delegation confirmed its readiness to continue its support of CARICOM's efforts in this area.

The European Commission has adopted a proposal for a new strategy for the Caribbean that will see greater support for good governance, natural disaster management and the poverty fight.

In a statement released on Thursday, the EU said it wished to shape a political partnership based on shared values to address the Carib-bean region's economic and environmental opportunities and to promote social cohesion. "What we are proposing with this new strategy is mutually beneficial partnerships for development, democracy and security," Commissioner for Develop-ment and Humanitarian Aid, Louis Michel was quoted as saying.

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