Sunday October 9, 2005
Australian Red Cross has launched an urgent appeal to help support international efforts aimed at assisting with the response to earthquake devastation in Pakistan, India and Afghanistan.
The Australian Red Cross appeal will support the efforts of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and local Red Cross and Red Crescent partners in the affected countries.
Acting CEO of Australian Red Cross, Mr Dale Cleaver, said the local Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteer teams are already on the scene, helping evacuate the injured and organising search and rescue activities. But the relief effort is hampered by difficult terrain and worsening weather conditions.
'Pakistan Red Crescent staff and volunteers have immediately deployed 10 ambulances to the disaster site in Islamabad and their paramedics are providing medical assistance.
'But the full extent of damage is still unclear due to bad telecommunications and destroyed infrastructure. The relief effort may be further hampered because of the mountainous terrain and possible landslides,' said Mr Cleaver.
'The Federation has already released 200,000 Swiss Francs as an immediate injection for emergency efforts, and the Australian government has contributed A $500,000 for the relief operation, but it is clear that more funds will be needed.'
To donate to the Asia Earthquake Appeal:
- Visit www.redcross.org.au to make a secure online donation
- Call 1800 811 700 toll free
- Send a cheque to GPO Box 9949 marked 'Asia quake Appeal' in your capital city
The funds raised through this appeal will be used for the following activities:
NOTE: Australian Red Cross will not deduct more than 10% of any donation for an international appeal to cover appeal costs. Should the funds raised exceed the amount required to meet the immediate and longer-term needs of the people in the affected areas, Australian Red Cross will use any excess funds to help people affected by emergencies within the same region of the world.
- to support the relief and rehabilitation activities of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Partners in the affected countries, through the emergency appeal
- to fund any deployment of specialist aid workers to the countries to assist in the International Red Cross response
- to support any Australian Red Cross programs of assistance in the affected countries