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Australia gives emergency assistance to South Africa's flood victims



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MINISTER FOR MFOREIGN AFFAIRS f a n d TRADE AND TRADE

No. M144 Date 13 Oct ober 1987

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COMMONWEALTH PARLIAMENTARY LIBRARY C. I. s.

Australia gives emergency assistance to South Africa's flood victims

Australia will make an immediate cash grant of $30,. 000 to the South African Red Cross Society to assist the victims of the recent flood disaster in Natal, South Africa, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr Bill Hayden, M.P., announced today.

The flooding, described as possibily the worst natural disaster in South African history, has left a death toll in excess of 230 with thousands more homeless.

Mr Hayden said that the rural black population in Natal were worst affected by the disaster with many having lost all their posessions.

He said the Australian grant would be channelled through the South African Red Cross to provide emergency relief to the victims of the disaster.

The flooding caused serious damage to properly and infrastructure as well as causing heavy losses to crops and livestock estimated in millions of dollars.

Australia's response to the disaster forms part of the Government's humanitarian assistance program managed by the Australian International Development Assistance Bureau (AIDAB).

For further information please contact Billy Williams, AIDAB Public Information. Tel: (062) 495 833.