S.Korea announces to increase emergency aid for Haiti to $10 mln

18:38, January 18, 2010      

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South Korea on Monday announced that the emergency aid provided to earthquake-hit Haiti will be increased to 10 million U.S. dollars.

"Considering the scope of damage and needs for more humanitarian assistance and reconstruction efforts, the government plans to provide aid worth 10 million won (to Haiti), including one million won sent for early emergency relief works (last week), " Seoul's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade said.

The South Korean government on Thursday promised to send emergency humanitarian assistance worth one million U.S. dollars to the Caribbean island country.

The latest figure, which will include the one million dollars promised last week, is set to support both short-term emergency relief and long-term efforts to help rebuild the country, according to the ministry.

About 30 percent of the aid will come from public donation, and the rest from the government's budget, the ministry said.

The decision comes after South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, who often emphasizes the country's better international standing as a major economy, vowed more aid to the traditionally disaster- prone Caribbean country in a telephone conversation with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon over the weekend.

Lee renewed his pledge Monday that the country will make additional efforts to help Haiti by supporting emergency relief works and reconstruction projects there, according to the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae.

Source: Xinhua
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