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MEDIA RELEASE MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS ALEXANDER DOWNER

AA 02 003 21 Jan 2002

AUSTRALIA TO ASSIST CONGO FOLLOWING VOLCANIC ERUPTION

I am pleased to announce Australia will provide $500,000 in emergency aid following the devastation caused by the eruption of Volcano Nyiragongo last Thursday in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The funds will be used to provide food for the most vulnerable and will be distributed by the World Food Programme (WFP). The WFP has already sent 36 tonnes of high energy biscuits to the Rwandan border town of Gisenyi, 10 kilometres from Goma. It is also prepared to draw on 7,700 tonnes in stock in Uganda.

At this stage, aid agencies on the ground in the Congo are still assessing priorities but

the most pressing needs are food, water and shelter.

The Australian Government, through its overseas aid agency, AusAID will continue to monitor events in Goma to determine what further assistance may be provided.

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

 

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