Aid to Algerian relief effort

June 30, 2003, 09:55 CEST

A contribution of USD 50,000 is being made by Statoil to support relief efforts in the wake of the earthquake which struck Algeria on 21 May.

These funds have been donated to the Norwegian Red Cross (NRC), which is collaborating with Algerian aid bodies – including the Red Crescent.

The money will be spent on three temporary plastic-covered buildings and equipment for treating cholera, and on strengthening the Red Crescent’s emergency response in Algeria.

Hitting the northern part of the country, the main quake measured 6.7 on the Richter scale and was followed by three aftershocks which were all logged at 5.0 on the scale.

Around 2,200 people were killed, more than 10,000 suffered injuries and over 200,000 became homeless.

Statoil believes in the importance of supporting various development projects in the countries where the group has operations.

Under a collaboration agreement which runs until next March, it is committed to providing NOK 2 million per year to support relief efforts by the NRC.