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Emergency aid for China flood victims.

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Trade News Mark Vaile - Trade Minister Deputy Leader of the National Party

Parliament House, Canberra 2600 Ph: +61 2 6277 7420 Fx: +61 2 6273 4128

Friday 5 July 2002 MVT068/2002


Australia will provide half a million dollars for emergency assistance to victims of the severe floods that have affected large areas of eastern and southern China, Acting Foreign Minister Mark Vaile announced today.

“Exceptionally heavy rains in June have caused extensive flooding in 19 provinces in China. The Australian government has been closely monitoring the situation through the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID),” Mr Vaile said.

Recent assessments by AusAID, the United Nations, the Red Cross and the Chinese Ministries of Civil Affairs and Agriculture indicate widespread destruction of homes, farmland and infrastructure with about 600 reported deaths.

“Australia's contribution to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) International Appeal will assist 100,000 flood victims with items such as building materials, temporary shelters, clothes, food, medicines, beds and quilts.

“This emergency flood assistance is in addition to the $55.5 million in Australian aid committed to China this year (2002-2003) that is aimed at reducing poverty through targeted activities in the fields of environment, rural development, education, health and governance.”

Media Contact: Mark Croxford (Mr Vaile) 0418 273 475

Jo Elsom (AusAID) 02 6206 4960 or 0412 804 489