Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
Additional Australian Assistance for China flood victims



Download PDFDownload PDF

M ED IA RELEASE MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS ALEXANDER DOWNER

AA86 12 October 1998

ADDITIONAL AUSTRALIAN ASSISTANCE FOR CHINA FLOOD VICTIMS

I am pleased to announce that the Australian Government is to provide additional assistance to flood-devastated areas of China.

The floods are affecting 240 million people, one-fifth of the country’s population, and are the worst in China since 1954.

At the end of August, the Chinese Government estimated that more than 3000 people had been killed and that 5.6 million houses and 1.3 million hectares of crops had been destroyed.

Although Australians are no strangers to the devastation caused by flooding, the extent of the death and destruction in China is beyond comparison with our own experiences.

Australia will contribute $1 million to the World Food Program’s emergency relief operation. It is estimated that the operation, which will address the immediate and essential needs of the most vulnerable communities, will cost US$88 million.

The World Food Program has assessed 21 counties in China as being the most seriously affected, based on indicators such as the number of households evacuated, overall damage to dwellings, damage to farmland, livestock losses and per capita income.

According to the Program's assessment, 56 million people in these 21 counties will be unable to return to their land until mid-to-late October and will then be without food or a source of livelihood until the next harvest in August 1999.

Australia has already committed $165,000 for flood relief efforts through the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, which I announced in July.

The additional assistance will be provided through the Australian government aid agency, AusAID.

Media contacts: Inncs Willox (Minister’s Office) 02 6277 7500 / 0419 206 890 Matt Francis (AusAID) 02 6206 4967 / 0417 683126

A U S T R A L IA ,/L

Media releases and speeches are available from AusAID via the Internet, http://www.ausaid.gov.au