Malaysia Donates to Venezuelan Flood Victims

KUALA LUMPUR (Dec. 31) XINHUA - The Malaysian government has extended humanitarian assistance of 100,000 U.S. dollars to the Venezuelan government following the massive floods and mudslides in that country recently.

The cash contribution was directly conveyed by the Charge d' affairs of the Malaysian embassy in Caracas, Razlan Abdul Rashid, to Mario Villarroel Lander, the president of the Venezuelan Red Cross, on behalf of the government there, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement here Friday.

The assistance would be utilized in the massive program of reconstruction and rehabilitation being undertaken by the Venezuelan government in the areas severely affected by the floods.

The Venezuelan government estimated that between 30,000 and 50, 000 people had died and 150,000 were made homeless by the recent massive floods and mudslides, the country's worst natural disaster in a century.

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Received by NewsEdge Insight: 12/31/1999 05:24:41