Kuwait pledges $90 mn for quake aid

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NEW YORK, March 22 : Kuwait pledged about USD 90 million to support the UN’s efforts to aid survivors of the earthquake that hit Turkey and Syria last month. The pledge is part of the UN’s urgent appeals for the two countries, which include the donations of both the people and government, the UN office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Martin Griffiths said in a press statement on Wednesday.

The UN Secretary General’s undersecretary for humanitarian affairs and rescue coordinator noted that he is deeply concerned that the amount of financing is not any close to the target number, adding that Kuwait’s pledge will be of great help for families who lost everything.

The pledge, the highest any country had offered since the disaster, will aid the UN organizations is providing food, education, shelter, health services and more for about 18 million people affected by the earthquakes. After the earthquakes, the UN had announced the need for USD 398 million for an urgent response in Syria and USD one billion for Turkey. Up until now, 79 percent of the target number for Syria was met, while finance rate for Turkey reached 19 percent. (KUNA)

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