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Czech Republic approves $200,000 in aid to West

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Government leaders in the Czech Republic approved a donation that amounts to nearly $200,000 on Wednesday to help the town of West after a fertilizer plant explosion killed 15 people, according to an embassy press release.

The country's ambassador to the United States, Petr Gandalovic, said two days after the explosion that his country was exploring a way to financially assist the small Texas town with strong Czech roots.

"The aid approved by the government will mostly be used to rebuild the infrastructure of Czech-American organizations and associations in the town," according to the press release.

On Wednesday, the Insurance Council of Texas reported that the town could have sustained more than $100 million in damages.

A call to the country's embassy about the recently approved donation has not been returned.

Gandalovic traveled to West to extend condolences from his country, he said. During his time in the town, he toured the disaster site with Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

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