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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 13, 2012
Public Information: 202-712-4810
JOINT RELEASE BY THE GOVERNMENTS OF AUSTRALIA, CANADA, ITALY, JAPAN, NEW ZEALAND, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION
UNICEF has confirmed to a group of donors that an estimated US$4 million of donor funds has been misappropriated from its US$6.2 million school rehabilitation project implemented in 2009-2010 in Khyber Paktunkhwa Province, northwestern Pakistan.
New Zealand is giving another $2 million to international flood relief efforts in Pakistan, Foreign Minister Murray McCully announced today.
"It is now estimated that over 20 million people have been affected by the floods.
New Zealand will provide $2 million in emergency aid to Pakistan following severe flooding in the north west of the country, Foreign Minister Murray McCully announced today.
"The flooding in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region of Pakistan is the worst in living memory.
NZAID provides assistance for displaced people in Sri Lanka and Pakistan
One of NZAID's major multilateral partners, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), has begun organising the return of thousands of internally displaced people (IDP) to Northern Sri Lanka.
On 29 April, 411 IDPs returned to the Saveriyarpuram village in the north.
New Zealand will provide $500,000 in humanitarian assistance to Pakistan following serious flooding there, Foreign Minister Winston Peters said today.
"While the focus of New Zealand's aid is the Pacific, we are equally committed to helping the people of Asia in times of need," said Mr Peters, who is in Manila for the ASEAN Regional Forum.
"The combined effects of the monsoon season beginning on June 23 and Cyclone Yemyin on June 26 have claimed hundreds of lives across Pakistan.
A contingent of New Zealand medical staff is going to provide relief in the earthquake-affected northern region of Pakistan, Foreign Minister Winston Peters said today.
New Zealand is doubling its aid contribution for Pakistan earthquake relief, Aid Minister Marian Hobbs said today. A further $750,000 to international relief efforts will take the total contribution to $1.5 million.
"The seriousness of the situation in Kashmir and the northern regions of Pakistan continues to grow," Marian Hobbs said. "Latest estimates are that upwards of two million people are homeless and this is all happening as winter sets in.
New Zealand will contribute $1 million dollars to international relief efforts following a massive earthquake in Pakistan and mudslides in Central America, Aid Minister Marian Hobbs said today.
Rt Hon Helen Clark
Prime Minister Helen Clark today called for a fresh international approach to Afghanistan's refugee problem.
Helen Clark said that at the end of last year some 3.6 million Afghans were living as refugees outside Afghanistan. There are two million Afghan refugees in Pakistan and 1.5 million in Iran.
Helen Clark said that the situation in Afghanistan is dire.
"It is in a state of acute crisis, its infant mortality rate is high, it has suffered drought and its level of human rights abuses is extreme," Helen Clark said.
"The United Nations …