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More aid for Indonesian earthquake victims

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25 December 1992 No.

More aid for Indonesian earthquake victims

Australia will provide an additional $300,000 to assist in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake in eastern Indonesia, the Minister for Trade and Overseas Development, John Kerin, announced today.

"After the tragic loss of life, property and incomes, the survivors now face the enormous task of rebuilding their lives," Mr Kerin said.

"The Australian funds will help with the first steps of the rehabilitation process."

Following a request from the Nusa Tenggara Timur provincial government Australia will provide $100,000 for the purchase of tools and building supplies for earthquake victims.

A further $200,000 will be made available for relief work by Australian and Indonesian non-government organisations working in the province.

"Australia remains committed to the rehabilitation of the affected area, and stands ready to meet other requests for emergency assistance," Mr Kerin said.

"This latest Australian assistance will help the survivors regain their feet.

"Australia will also give priority to the longer term challenge of rebuilding infrastructure in the affected areas.

"I will make an announcement on the level of support under the bilateral aid program in the near future," Mr Kerin said.

The additional funds bring the total Australian Government response to date to $500,000, including $200,000 for two RAAF Hercules relief flights.

Funds for emergency relief and rehabilitation work on Flores and affected areas of eastern Indonesia are being provided through AIDAB, Australia's overseas aid agency.

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CANBERRA For further information contact AIDAB Public Affairs: David Jones (06)2416248 Simon Grose (06)2813118