Wednesday, April 17, 2024

WA Government pledges $1m to quake victims

The Western Australian Government has pledged to donate $1 million to help the people of Türkiye and Syria as they deal with the aftermath of one of the deadliest earthquakes to hit the region.

WA Premier, Mark McGowan said the scale of the destruction of homes and livelihoods and loss of loved ones in the disaster was incredibly tragic.

“My thoughts and sympathies, and those of all Western Australians, are with the people of Türkiye and Syria in this very difficult time,” he said.

“As the scale of the earthquake tragedy’s devastation continues to grow, every contribution counts, and I hope these funds deliver some relief to those impacted.”

The WA Government’s donation will be shared equally between the Türkiye and Syria appeals established by the Australian Red Cross and UNICEF Australia.

It will be used to support humanitarian aid for those who have been affected by the devastating earthquakes that have destroyed homes and livelihoods.

In Türkiye and Syria, tens of thousands of people have lost their lives in the disaster and thousands more remain missing.

Premier McGowan said the WA Government will continue to work with the Commonwealth wherever possible to support relief efforts.

“This is a distressing time for families from Türkiye and Syria, several which call Western Australia home,” said Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister, Tony Buti.

“I extend my deepest sympathies to those families and communities who have lost loved ones, and hope these funds deliver much-needed support on the ground.”

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