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TAXPAYERS yesterday pledged more than EUR500,000 to the victims of the typhoon and earthquakes in Asia and the Pacific.

Children whose lives have been devastated by the natural disasters will benefit from the funding, donated through Irish Aid.

Peter Power, Minister of State for Overseas Development, said the money was in addition to another EUR500,000 pledged earlier this month. Mr Power added he was deeply concerned for the people affected by the recent disasters.

He said: "In choosing our partners for this extra funding, I am directing our support to those agencies working closely with children, who are often mostseverely affected."

Plan Ireland, working with children in the Philippines, will get EUR200,000 with EUR150,000 going to Unicef and EUR170,000 to Typhoon Ketsana-damaged central Vietnam.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 9, 2009
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