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Australia to contribute to typhoon and flood relief in East Asia



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FOR THE PRESS

DEPARTMENT OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

CANBERRA

PR 140

1 2 th November 19g 9

AUSTRALIA TO CONTRIBUTE TO TYPHOON AND FLOOD

RELIEF IN BAST ASIA

The A c tin g M in is te r f o r E x t e r n a l A f f a i r s , S i r G a r f i e l d

B arw ick , announced to d a y t h a t th e A u s t r a l i a n Governm ent had d e c id e d t o make

a c o n t r i b u t i o n to w ard s r e l i e f and r e c o n s t r u c t i o n w ork i n F orm osa, K orea and

J a p a n f o llo w in g upon t h e d i s a s t r o u s l o s s e s c a u s e d b y th e r e c e n t ty p h o o n es

i n E a s t A s ia ,

S i r G a r f i e l d p o in te d o u t t h a t th e f l o o d s and typhoons i n

r e c e n t m onths w ere th e w o rs t f o r h a l f a c e n t u r y i n th e s e a r e a s . I n Form osa

t h e h e a v i e s t r a i n s f o r s ix tj r y e a r s had c a u s e d l o s s of l i f e and much m a t e r i a l

d e s t r u c t i o n . I n K o rea, many p e o p le w ere r e n d e r e d h o m e less, r i c e f i e l d s

w e r e damaged and l a r g e num bers o f l i v e s t o c k p e r is h e d . I n J a p a n , w h ere th e

h e a v i e s t d i s a s t e r s o c c u rre d , f i v e th o u s a n d l i v e s w ere l o s t , one an d a h a l f

m i l l i o n p e o p le w ere r e n d e r e d hom eless an d immense d e s t r u c t i o n o f p r o p e r ty

to o k p la c e .

S i r G a r f ie l d s a i d t h a t th e A u s t r a l i a n Government had d e c id e d t o

g iv e a c o n t r i b u t i o n o f 1 4 0 ,0 0 0 , T h is sum w ould b e made a v a i l a b l e t o th e

A u s t r a l i a n Red G ross f o r m e e tin g r e l i e f and r e c o n s t r u c t i o n n e e d s i n F orm osa,

K orea an d J a p a n . He e x p re s s e d h i s a p p r e c i a t i o n t h a t th e A u s t r a l i a n Red C ro ss

was p r e p a r e d to u n d e rta k e t h i s t a s k . The A u s t r a l i a n Red C ro ss w as f a m i l i a r

w ith th e p ro b lem s a s fro m i t s own r e s o u r c e s ^ i t was a l r e a d y p r o v id in g fu n d s and

r e l i e f s u p p lie s t o J a p a n and K o rea,

S i r G a r f i e l d s a i d t h a t t h i s c o n t r i b u t i o n was i n k e e p in g w ith th e

e f f o r t s o f s u c c e s s iv e A u s t r a l i a n G overnm ents t o h e lp m eet m a jo r i n t e r n a t i o n a l

r e l i e f r e q u ir e m e n ts . M essages of sym pathy had p r e v io u s l y b e e n con v ey ed b y th e

A u s t r a l i a n Government to th e G overnm ents o f th e R e p u b lic o f C h in a , K orea and

J a p a n . He w as g la d t h a t th e A u s t r a l i a n G overnm ent, i n a d d i t i o n , c o u ld now g iv e

t h i s m easure of p r a c t i c a l a s s i s t a n c e t o th e p e o p le o f th e r e g io n i n r e b u i l d i n g

t h e i r homes and r e - e s t a b l i s h i n g t h e i r means of l i v e l i h o o d .

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