21 Apr '11, 9pm

Word gets around - Governor of Uruzgan, poorest prov. in Afghanistan: "We're deeply concerned about the damage in QLD"

When Australia's Minister for Foreign Affairs Kevin Rudd visited Afghanistan a while back, he was surprised to be met with commiseration. Mr Rudd recently recounted what the Governor of Uruzgan - "in the middle of a war zone, the poorest province in Afghanistan" - had told him: "We're deeply concerned about the damage in Queensland, everyone here is talking about it." In early January, record floods hit the Australian state of Queensland, followed by a category 5 storm, Cyclone Yasi, in February. The state sustained more than A$5 billion (S$6.64 billion) of damage, 35 people lost their lives and thousands of properties were wrecked. The "extensive media coverage" of the twin disasters made such an impact that "there has been often an impression carried abroad that the devastation here has been so extensive that, in fact, the economy is barely back functioning. It's importa...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/World/EDC110422-0000280/The-Au...

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