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MEDIA RELEASE

 

MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS

ALEXANDER DOWNER

 

AA59

12 September 1999

 

ADDITIONAL AUSTRALIAN ASSISTANCE FOR TURKEY

 

The Australian Government will provide additional assistance to help the victims of the devastating earthquake in Turkey.

 

This contribution will assist to address the many facets to the relief effort such as immediate needs for shelter, clothing, hygiene, water and sanitation, food, medical care, education and community psychosocial support.

 

Relief agencies active in the field require maximum flexibility to meet the needs of the earthquake victims especially when long term rehabilitation and reconstruction arrangements are still being determined.

 

This additional contribution to the International Federation of the Red Cross ($1 million) and to UNICEF ($1 million) will provide these agencies with this flexibility and allow the more immediate needs of the victims to be addressed.

 

All Australians are aware of the devastating effect of the earthquake and latest estimates put the death toll at 14,000. Once again Australian generosity is evident in the cash donations made to appeals run by Australian aid organisations. These organisations can then purchase supplies locally and within the region so they can reach the earthquake victims quickly.

 

Austrade representatives in Turkey continue to investigate possible cooperation between Turkish construction companies and Australian prefabricated building suppliers, with a view to the affected regions’ long-term reconstruction needs.

 

This additional contribution is in addition to the A$1 .5 million already provided for emergency relief. It will be provided through the Australian Government’s overseas aid agency, AusAID, as part of its emergency and humanitarian relief operations.

 

Media contacts: Innes Willox (Ministerial) (02) 6277 7500 / 0419 206 890 Matt Francis (AusAID) (02) 6206 4960 / 0412 804 489

 

 

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