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Disaster Funds

Volume 885: debated on Wednesday 5 February 1975

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asked the Minister of Overseas Development what has been the United Kingdom contributions to specific disaster funds, in each case broken down under each individual disaster.

Since March 1974 the following United Kingdom Government contributions have been made to immediate disaster needs in developing countries:

Ethiopia drought: Relief and rehabilitation measures, £0·5 million, together with a contribution towards EEC food aid to Ethiopia.
Drought situation in Sahel region of West Africa: Contributions of £0·5 million to the FAO Sahelian Trust Fund; special contribution of £3·5 million to the EEC food aid programme; bilateral food aid to the value of £0·16 million and £0·345 million for transport and other assistance.
Bangladesh floods: A cash contribution of £5,000. Charter of aircraft and provision of medical supplies: cost £33,500. In addition Bangladesh is receiving considerable food and financial aid.
Cyprus: A medically-equipped Land Rover ambulance; transport costs of relief supplies provided by British Voluntary Societies cost £10,000; contribution to International Committee of the Red Cross £50,000; contribution to appeal from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees—£500,000.
Burma floods: A cash contribution of £8.700.
Philippines floods: A cash contribution of £2,083.
Honduras hurricane: Provision of supplies and dispatch of British Army contingent from Belize; dispatch of two Royal Navy frigates carrying relief supplies to the Bay Islands—estimated total cost £23,000. Help is also being given for rehabilitation and reconstruction.
Sudan floods: Two sorties of RAF Hercules aircraft to help with transport of food supplies—cost £10,000.
Somalia drought: 120 butyl water carriers; two charter aircraft carrying 18 tons of milk powder and 17·5 tons of wheat flour—cost £50,500.
Kenya: 2·5 million doses anti-cholera vaccine; five portable vaccinating machines—cost £20,400.
Pakistan earthquake: A cash contribution of £10,000; tents, camp beds, blankets and medical supplies—cost £61,000.