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Australian assistance for victims of Pakistan floods

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MTA1 49 Date: 5 October 1992


Australian assistance for victims of Pakistan floods Australia will provide assistance worth $250,000 for the victims of the recent floods in Pakistan, the Minister for Trade and Overseas Development, John Kerin, announced today.

"Pakistan is currently experiencing the worst floods since 1929. More than 1,100 deaths have been reported and this number is expected to rise as the extent of the damage becomes clear," Mr Kerin said.

"Nearly three million people have been seriously affected by the floods. Over one million hectares of land has been flooded and there has been massive damage to crops and livestock.

"Houses have been damaged and roads and bridges have been destroyed.

"Livestock such as goats, cows, sheep and hens have been killed and there has been widespread damage to crops such as cotton, rice, sugarcane, maize, vegetables, fodder and pulses.

"Food shortages and increased food prices are expected in flood affected areas."

Australian assistance will be channelled as follows: • $75,000 to UNICEF Australia to provide drugs to control diarrhoea and acute respiratory infections • $50,000 to the Australian Red Cross Society for shelter, food, blankets,

medicine and cooking utensils • $50,000 to the United Nations Disaster Relief Organisation appeal • $50,000 to the Edhi Foundation (Trust), a local emergency service involved in food drops, medical distribution and running relief centres • $25,000 to the Maranatha trust for rural rehabilitation activities.

Australian relief assistance to Pakistan is administered by AIDAB, Australia's overseas aid agency.

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CANBERRA For further information contact AIDAB Public Affairs: David Jones - (06) 276 4967 or ah (06) 241 6248.