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Australia pledges aid AusD6 million

Australia pledged an additional support of AusD6 million (equivalent to Rs 472.02 million) for Nepal’s reconstruction.
Australian ambassador to Nepal Glenn White announced the aid at the International Conference on Nepal’s Reconstruction (ICNR2015) here in Kathmandu today.
Nepal’s development partners have made pledges to help Nepal reconstruct Build Back Better (BBB) after the devastating April 25 earthquake floored some 800,000 private buildings apart from public and historic buildings, and monuments.
Meanwhile, Australian minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop, in a statement, today said that the latest support brings Australia’s total contribution to the relief and recovery efforts to more than AusD28 million.
“As the monsoon season approaches,” the minister said, adding that many people remain vulnerable and in need of ongoing support as they work to reconstruct their communities.
According to Bishop, the Australian support will focus on promoting quake-hit children’s access to education in safe temporary learning centres, rebuilding schools, local economic recovery and reduction of gender-based violence and social conflicts.