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21 Oct 2005 description

No. 189/05

On Thursday evening the Storting allocated an additional NOK 300 million for relief efforts in Pakistan, Central America and Africa.

International Development Minister Erik Solheim is concerned that the tragic situation in the wake of the earthquake in Pakistan may deteriorate into one of the greatest humanitarian crises we have faced.

- Winter is approaching. The relief workers are fighting against the clock. We all have an obligation to do whatever we can to save lives, said Mr Solheim.