Wien, 22. November 2005 Press release

Plassnik: Rapid protection from winter and cold for earthquake victims in Pakistan

22.11.2005

Ministry for Foreign Affairs earmarks another 1 million euros for earthquake victims

Vienna, 22 November 2005 - "The earthquake victims have to be protected quickly before the onset of winter. Together with Austrian and international aid organisations, which are already working in the earthquake area, we shall finance measures to satisfy the most urgent needs," said Plassnik. The Foreign Minister also announced that an additional one million euros would be earmarked for humanitarian aid in Pakistan through the Austrian Development Cooperation.

These resources will primarily be used for winter blankets, winter clothes, family tents, hygiene kits, food and basic medical supplies. Six weeks after the earthquake millions of people are still homeless. Many are cut off from the outside world. At a donor conference held last week in Islamabad, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said that "this is one of the greatest humanitarian tragedies we are currently facing."

Immediately after the earthquake disaster in Pakistan - a partner country of the Austrian Development Cooperation - the Federal Government provided aid measures in the amount of 2.5 million euros. In October, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs earmarked 200,000 euros for the re-launch of successful Austrian projects such as the "Light for the World" eye clinic in Battagram.

In October, the European Union agreed on aid measures in the amount of 93.6 million euros for the benefit of the earthquake victims, and at last week’s donor conference the EU pledged another 92 million euros.

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