REGIONAL RELIEF FUNDS FOR FSM

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PACIFIC ISLANDS FORUM SECRETARIAT Suva, Fiji Islands

 

PRESS STATEMENT July 10, 2002

The Federated States of Micronesia has received FJ$ 20,000 (US$ 9,396) from the Regional Natural Disaster Relief Fund, to assist with relief efforts following Tropical Storm Chata‘an.

The President of the Federated States of Micronesia, HE Leo A. Falcam, declared a state of emergency last week in the state of Chuuk, after the storm left nearly 50 people dead and caused widespread damage.

The Regional Natural Disaster Relief Fund was established in 1975 by Forum Island Countries (Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu).

The fund is administered by the Forum Secretariat and provides a modest source of financial relief in the wake of natural disasters in the Forum Island Countries

For additional information, contact: Ulafala Aiavao at UlafalaA@forumsec.org.fj 

Ulafala Aiavao Media Adviser Forum Secretariat Private Bag Suva, Fiji

Tel: (679) 3220 220; Mob: (679) 9998 674 Fax: (679) 3305 554 Email: UlafalaA@forumsec.org.fj  Web: www.forumsec.org.fj   Mirror site: http://chacmool.sdnp.undp.org/pacific/forumsec/default1.htm 

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