Holland is donating medical assistance worth more 500.000 euros, and should arrive in Skopje this week, stated the Dutch Embassy in Skopje on their official page on ‘Facebook’.

“The devastation in some areas is so great, and that is why we are sending medical assistance. It is very important that these supplies reach the affected areas as soon as possible, to prevent the situation from deteriorating further”, read the statement from the Minister for Development, Lilian Plumen.

In the statement, it says that 20 pallets of lifesaving equipment are currently ready for shipping. They contain intubation sets, fixation material, oxygen masks, blood pressure meters, gastric tubes, emergency blankets, tourniquets, and bandages for adults and children. The assistance is expected to arrive on Friday.

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.