Dutch water expert to lead relief team in flood-stricken Macedonia

Dutch water expert Peter Glerum is to head up an EU team tasked with assessing the humanitarian situation and effects of flooding in Macedonia. A state of emergency has been declared there since the disaster last weekend, which claimed the lives of more than 20 people.

Peter Glerum (51) was nominated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and has previously led similar teams in the wake of water-related disasters in Albania, Bosnia and Nigeria. Development cooperation and foreign trade minister Lilianne Ploumen said, ‘Macedonia urgently needs help. And the Netherlands is better placed than any other country to play a key role. The water expertise possessed by our business sector, knowledge institutions and authorities testifies to that.’

Countless homes and streets in Macedonia are still under water and there are shortages of electricity and clean drinking water. Peter Glerum is due to leave for Macedonia today. His team members are from various EU countries.