11 Jul 2013

More aid for Myanmar announced by Australia

1:52 pm on 11 July 2013

The Australian government has announced an additional $A3.2 million in humanitarian assistance for people displaced by ethnic unrest in Myanmar's Rakhine state.

Foreign Affairs Minister Bob Carr, who is in Yangon, said the new commitment lifts Australia's total aid contribution to the Rakhine state to $A9 million.

"Our aid is going to mean shelter for an additional 9000," he said. "It means water and sanitation in the camps is going to be improved.''

The ABC reports the federal government is also donating $A3 million to help Myanmar conduct its first nationwide census in 30 years.