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Volume 301: debated on Wednesday 19 November 1997

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To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance she has offered in respect of the recent floods in Somalia; and if she will make a statement. [16129]

Clare Short The UN estimate about 200,000 people have been affected by recent flooding in the Shabelle and Juba river valleys

1,000 may have died. Access is difficult. My Department has provided £0.5 million bilaterally to help SCF and World Vision reach 50,000 people with supplies. The EU has earmarked about £1.6 million (UK contribution—£228,000) for logistics and supplies. We are in close touch with UN agencies and NGOs and will consider new needs as they emerge.