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Fertilizer plant explosion levels several blocks of small Texas town

Czechs to Send Funds to Blast-Hit West



    Czechs to Send Funds to Blast-Hit West
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    A satellite image from DigitalGlobe on April 19, 2012 shows the devastation after an explosion at the West Fertilizer Company two days before.

    The Czech Republic plans to donate 4 million koruna (some $200,000) to help West recover from a devastating fertilizer plant explosion.

    The government decided to the provide aid in solidarity because a significant number of people in the town of 2,700 have Czech roots. The blast damaged numerous homes in the town.

    The Foreign Ministry says Czech Ambassador to the U.S. Petr Gandalovic visited West last week and talked to Texas Gov. Rick Perry, West Mayor Tommy Muska and other officials about how to help.

    A ministry statement Wednesday said the money will go toward repairing property in the town.

    Thousands of Czechs, mostly from the eastern part known of Moravia, settled in Texas more than 100 years ago.

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