Prime Minister Jiri Paroubek has said the Czech Republic could donate 25 million crowns (over 1 million dollars) to the earthquake-stricken countries in Asia. The amount will be discussed by the government on Wednesday. The Foreign Ministry has earmarked 5 million crowns. Czech rescue workers are ready to leave for the affected regions as soon as the local authorities specify their needs. A number of Czech charities have said they are going to open special accounts for public donations towards the renewal of the damaged areas.
Although there are no reports of casualties among Czech nationals in the earthquake-stricken regions, according to the Czech Embassy, a group of Czech mountaineers are unaccounted for in Pakistan. The group are believed to be near Nanga Parbat mountain, some 300 kilometres from the epicentre of the quake.
A combat Mi-35 helicopter crashed at the Prerov military base in North Moravia on Saturday, while the pilots were practicing emergency landing. No one was injured in the accident but the helicopter was badly damaged. The causes of the crash are being investigated. The Czech military received the new helicopter as part of the repayment of Russia's debt to the Czech Republic amounting to billions of crowns.
The Czech Republic were beaten by the Netherlands 2:0 in Saturday's Group One qualifier, which secured the Dutch a place in next year's World Cup finals. The Netherlands, who have 31 points from 11 games, are certain to finish top of the group. The third-placed Czechs with 24 points cannot afford to lose in Finland on Wednesday if they hope to clinch a playoff berth.
Czech teenager Nicole Vaidisova won the Japan Open on Sunday after France's Tatiana Golovin was forced to retire with a leg injury in the second set. The victory was second seed Vaidisova's biggest title to date and her fourth overall. It was also her second in successive weeks having won in Seoul last week.
The weather should remain sunny to partly cloudy and daytime temperatures are expected to range from 15 to 19 degrees Celsius.
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