HKSAR gov't offers disaster relief grant for flood victims in Nepal

Source: Xinhua| 2019-09-12 17:34:34|Editor: huaxia
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HONG KONG, Sept. 12 (Xinhua) -- The government of China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) said on Thursday it has approved a grant of 1.606 million Hong Kong dollars (about 210,000 U.S. dollars) for providing relief to flood victims in Nepal.

The HKSAR government has accepted the advice of the Disaster Relief Fund Advisory Committee and approved the grant from the Disaster Relief Fund to Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) China to provide food and household items to the victims in Nepal, a spokesman of the HKSAR government said.

The Disaster Relief Fund Advisory Committee hoped the grant would facilitate the provision of timely relief to the victims and help them restore their normal living.

The grant, together with the one approved earlier in connection with this flood in Nepal, will take the accumulative value of grants and the number of beneficiaries to 4.615 million Hong Kong dollars (about 590,000 U.S. dollars) and 37,900 respectively.

As the targeted localities of relief agencies are different, there will be no overlapping of resources, the spokesman said.

"To ensure that the money is used for the designated purposes, ADRA China will be asked to submit an evaluation report and an audited account on the use of the grant after the relief project has been completed," the spokesman said.

The Disaster Relief Fund, established in 1993 and chaired by the HKSAR government's chief secretary for administration, aims to provide a ready mechanism for Hong Kong to respond swiftly to appeals for humanitarian aid in relief of disasters that occur outside Hong Kong.

The fund has recently approved disaster relief grants for flood or cyclone victims in several different areas, including the Chinese mainland, India and Nepal.