Relief donations hit $1,700 million

25 April 2003
The value of donations for Iraqi relief and reconstruction in the form of cash, goods and services has risen to $1,700 million, according to figures released on 22 April by US Department of Defense Comptroller Dov Zakheim, who is managing the Pentagon's role in rebuilding Iraq.

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) has delivered $541.6 million and the UK has pledged a total of $329 million, of which nearly $180 million has been provided.

Japan and Australia, both members of the US-led coalition, have committed $100 million each. Australia has pledged $32 million to UN agencies, while the rest is to be allocated to Iraq reconstruction. Japan has delivered $32 million so far, Zakheim said.

Other countries committing aid identified by Zakheim include Canada, the Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland. The EU has pledged $107 million and delivered $3.2 million. Aid in kind is being provided by Jordan, which has delivered a field hospital to Baghdad, and Poland, which has promised to deliver a field hospital. The UAE is shipping a water purification unit with capacity of 220,000 gallons a day of potable water, which is due to arrive in Iraq by the end of April. Romania is sending 18 tonnes of water, food and medicine.

Zakheim said that a total of $400 million in cash, goods and services had been delivered in response to the UN flash appeal for $2,200 million issued on 28 March.

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