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Australia: AREVA offers support to those affected by severe bushfires and flooding

News brief

GROUP / FOUNDATION AND PATRONAGE

March 06, 2009

AREVA has responded to the nationwide appeal for emergency assistance for the thousands of people affected by the severe bushfires and flooding that have simultaneously ravaged Australia these past few weeks.

The group has made a donation of A$30,000 (around 15 000€) to the Red Cross. This amount accompanies the generous personal donations from the staff of AREVA T&D and AREVA NC, based in Australia.

The Red Cross will primarily use these funds to provide assistance to individuals and communities in towns and suburbs affected by the 2009 Victorian bushfires. An independent panel made up of community leaders will oversee the Appeal Funds operation.

Although bushfires are a relatively common occurrence in Australia, the country has not experienced a catastrophe of this scale in recorded history. More than 210 have lost their lives in the bushfires since the beginning of February, and another 7 people have died in Queensland due to the worst flooding in three decades. Fire has destroyed thousands of homes and large tracts of land have been scorched, while several thousand people have been displaced by the floods.

Fortunately, AREVA employees and their families remain safe. However, the group and all of our staff express their solidarity and concern for all those affected in any way by the natural disasters. This includes our customers who have faced the challenge of restoring power following significant impacts on their electrical networks.