Athens, 19 July 2011 - Coca‑Cola Hellenic Cyprus responded immediately to the relief effort following the disastrous explosion at a naval base in the south of the country on Monday, 11th July. Thirteen people were killed and 61 injured by the blast which also destroyed the island’s main power plant located nearby.
Initial disaster relief efforts, coordinated by the Cyprus Red Cross together with the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Exterior, included the delivery of 900 liters of Kykkos water and 350 liters of Lanitisorange juice to rescue workers and affected local residents.
A ready supply of water was essential to keep relief workers hydrated as Cyprus has been experiencing a heatwave with temperatures of around 40C triggering brush fires. It was one of these fires which triggered the explosion when it reached a depot containing confiscated arms from the Middle East.
The product donation was distributed to hundreds of volunteers mobilised under the national emergency plan as they worked to recover the bodies of those killed and to assist the large numbers of people in neighbouring areas who were injured.
Minas Agelidis, Country General Manager at Coca‑Cola Hellenic in Cyprus, said: “Our thoughts are with the families of those killed and injured in this shocking explosion. We are continuing to closely monitor the relief requirements in the region and will provide any additional assistance as required.”
Coca‑Cola Hellenic has committed to provide swift emergency relief to local communities in all countries it operates, enabling resources to be quickly mobilized and swiftly delivered to those most in need. The company works together with relief agencies at the local level and, if necessary, with international organizations such as the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, with which is has a formal association.
In recent years, Coca‑Cola Hellenic has assisted relief efforts following devastating fires in Greece in 2007 and Russia last summer, the Abruzzo earthquake in Italy in 2009 and flooding throughout eastern Europe in 2010. Responses include everything from financial support to distributing food and medicines and even mobilising staff as volunteers to assist the Red Cross.
About Coca‑Cola Hellenic
Coca‑Cola Hellenic is the second-largest bottler of products of The Coca‑Cola Company in terms of volume with sales of more than 2 billion unit cases. It has broad geographic footprint with operations in 28 countries serving a population of more than 560 million people. Coca‑Cola Hellenic offers a diverse range of ready-to-drink non-alcoholic beverages in the sparkling, juice, water, sport, energy, tea and coffee categories. Coca‑Cola Hellenic is committed to promoting sustainable development in order to create value for its business and for society. This includes providing products that meet the beverage needs of consumers, fostering an open and inclusive work environment, conducting our business in ways that protect and preserve the environment and contribute to the socio-economic development of our local communities.
Coca‑Cola Hellenic‘s shares are listed on the Athens Exchange (ATHEX: EEEK), with a secondary listing on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: CCB). Coca‑Cola Hellenic’s American Depositary Receipts (ADRs) are listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: CCH). Coca‑Cola Hellenic is included in the Dow Jones Sustainability and FTSE4Good Indexes. For more information, please visit www.coca-colahellenic.com
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