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Emergency relief for drought victims in the Mainland

     The Government has accepted the advice of the Disaster Relief Fund Advisory Committee and approved three grants from the Disaster Relief Fund totalling $6.34 million to two relief agencies to undertake relief projects for drought victims in Guizhou and Yunnan.

     Announcing the grants today (October 4), a Government spokesman said that the Committee hoped the three grants - $3 million to World Vision Hong Kong and $1.34 million to Oxfam Hong Kong for victims in Guizhou, as well as $2 million to Oxfam Hong Kong for victims in Yunnan - would help provide relief to drought victims in the two provinces.

     "To ensure that the money will be used for the designated purposes, the two relief agencies have been asked to submit evaluation reports and audited accounts on the use of the grants after the relief projects have been completed," the spokesman said.

     The Disaster Relief Fund Advisory Committee is responsible for advising the Government on policy and practices regarding the disbursement of funding for disaster relief from the Disaster Relief Fund, which was established in December 1993 for emergency disaster relief in places outside Hong Kong, as well as advising on specific amounts to specific recipients, and monitoring the use of grants.

     The committee is chaired by the Chief Secretary for Administration. Members include Professor Anthony Cheung, Mr V Nee Yeh, Mrs Sophie Leung, Mr Wong Sing-chi, Mrs Alice Chong, Mr Leo Kung, the Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury and the Secretary for Labour and Welfare.

Ends/Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Issued at HKT 16:11


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