Now that the full scale of the devastation caused by the earthquake in China is emerging, the German Government is increasing its humanitarian aid by one million euro. Germany has thus so far made available emergency aid totalling 1.5 million euro to help those living in the region hit by the earthquake.
Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier issued the following statement today (16 May) in St. Petersburg:
"I was shocked and grieved when I saw the images of the destruction and human suffering in the areas affected by the earthquake.
During the last few days, we have repeatedly assured the Government in Beijing of our readiness to provide assistance. As a token of our solidarity the German Government therefore decided today to increase the humanitarian aid already pledged by one million euro.
With these additional funds we want to make our contribution towards providing the many thousands of people injured or without homes with quick and efficient assistance, thus giving them some hope."
This additional one million euro will be distributed in the form of relief supplies via the German Red Cross and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to the Chinese Red Cross.
The additional aid pledged today will be handed over symbolically by the German Ambassador at the benefit concert due to take place in Chongqing. The concert is taking place within the framework of the "Germany and China – Moving Ahead Together" series of events and is being organized by the Federal Foreign Office in collaboration with numerous project partners, the Asia-Pacific Committee of German Business, Chongqing Municipal Government and its twin city Düsseldorf.