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Kerala floods



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THE HON BILL SHORTEN MP

LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION

SHADOW MINISTER FOR INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS AND

ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDERS

MEMBER FOR MARIBYRNONG

SENATOR THE HON PENNY WONG

LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION IN THE SENATE

SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS

SENATOR FOR SOUTH AUSTRALIA

KERALA FLOODS

Labor expresses our deepest sympathy to the people affected by the

devastating floods in southern India’s Kerala state.

More than 350 people have died, and 800,000 displaced by one of the worst

floods in the history of Kerala.

Aid agencies are reporting massive destruction from floods and landslides with

homes submerged, crops and livestock destroyed, and fears the death toll

could climb as hundreds of thousands are denied access to clean water,

sanitation and food and shelter.

Labor urges the Australian Government to provide any assistance the Indian

Government may require to help the people of Kerala in their immediate hour of

need, and in the longer term, to recover from this disaster and rebuild their

homes and their lives.

We applaud the generous efforts by the Indian community in Australia, and the

wider diaspora to assist with the relief effort, and offer our support, and

sympathy to our friends in the Australian Indian community as they respond to

this unprecedented natural disaster.

MONDAY, 20 AUGUST 2018

MEDIA CONTACT: LEADER’S OFFICE MEDIA UNIT - 02 6277 4053

STEPHEN SPENCER 0423 596 573 (WONG)

Authorised by Noah Carroll, ALP, Canberra.