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E.U. makes available 10 million euros in flood aid for Poland

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Warsaw (dpa) - Poland is to receive an additional 10 million euros in European Union aid to help reconstruction after devastating floods last summer, the E.U. said Wednesday.

The aid comes on top of an initial 15 million euros in July 2001 as the E.U.'s immediate response to the floods, which caused damage estimated at 700 million euros.

Southern Poland was particularly hard hit. The E.U. said the funds are to be spent on reconstructing local roads and bridges and bolstering flood defences.

The E.U. also provided 65 million euros worth of aid to Poland following the heavy flood damage in 1997.

European Union sources say the total amount of so-called pre-accession aid received by Poland in 2001 has reached one billion euros.

Poland hopes to join the E.U. by 2004. dpa sib ur cro

AP-NY-02-20-02 1124EST

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