A group of water engineers, led by Dutch engineering firm Grontmij, has come up with a plan to prevent the refugee camp in the South Sudanese town Bentiu turning into a swamp during the raining seasons. The project is estimated to cost 20 million euros, of which the Netherlands will contribute 5.4 million. Other financiers include the United Nations, the European Union and Switzerland.
Minister Lilianne Ploumen (Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation) will be leading a Dutch delegation at a disaster management conference in Sendai, Japan next week. She, along with Princess Margriet, will also visit the tsunami disaster area near Sendai.