Asian Development Bank grants $1 million aid to China

May 27th, 2008 - 2:09 pm ICT by admin  

Manila, May 27 (DPA) The Asian Development Bank (ADB) said Tuesday it was extending a $1 million grant to China to support relief efforts after a devastating earthquake two weeks ago. The Manila-based ADB said the technical assistance will fund the acquisition of essential equipment and supplies for basic services, and review the disaster management framework for the quake area.

The programme will also conduct a preliminary damage and needs assessment of the physical and social infrastructure.

“Subsequent reconstruction programmes and projects may require additional ADB-supported funding,” the bank said.

The magnitude 8.0 earthquake struck south-western China May 12, killing more than 65,000 people with almost 24,000 still missing.

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