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SAR Government to provide relief and financial assistance for earthquake victims in Sichuan Ya'an

     In view of the serious injuries and loss of lives caused by the earthquake in Ya'an City of Sichuan Province, the Chief Executive, Mr C Y Leung, today (April 22) announced that the Government would propose to the Finance Committee (FC) of the Legislative Council an injection of $100 million to the Disaster Relief Fund for donation to the Provincial Government of Sichuan as contribution to their relief work. The Government has already obtained the agreement of the FC Chairman, Mr Tommy Cheung, to convene a special meeting as soon as possible to examine the proposal.

     Meanwhile, the Chief Executive has assigned the Chief Secretary for Administration, Mrs Carrie Lam, to co-ordinate relevant government departments in rendering assistance as needed in the disaster relief work. If non-government organisations plan to carry out relief work in the affected areas, the Disaster Relief Fund will process their applications for grants expeditiously.

Ends/Monday, April 22, 2013
Issued at HKT 15:22


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