Cambodia: German emergency aid for victims of Typhoon Ketsana

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Phnom Penh, 8 October 2009 - With the aim to support those victims of typhoon Ketsana who have lost their houses and personal belongings due to this devastating tropical storm the Federal Republic of Germany in Cooperation with the German NGO Welthungerhilfe will implement a programme for emergency aid in the Ratanakiri Province. The assistance of the German government amounting to up to 37.000,-- USD will support Welthungerhilfe to secure the survival of more than 30.000 people affected in the area.

The German NGO Welthungerhilfe - out of donations received from German citizens - started already from September 30, 2009 onwards to move villagers from the flooded areas to safer places followed by immediate distribution of food and non- food items in all six districts of Ratanakiri.

Welthungerhilfe provides coordinated help from one set of hands, from immediate emergency aid in the wake of a disaster to long-term projects carried out in cooperation with local partners. In a next step, Welthungerhilfe will start to focus on the recovery phase in the storm affected districts.

Commenting on the German emergency aid the German Ambassador to Cambodia Frank M. Mann said " we are struck by the magnitude of the destruction which the tropical storm caused in Cambodia. International solidarity and support is needed in view of natural disasters. The German government and German civil society are happy to assist the poor people in need of help who have been struck so hard by this devastating storm."

German Embassy, No. 76-78, Street 214, Phnom Penh, Tel.: 023-216381; Fax: 023-427746