Wednesday August 24, 2005
Australian Red Cross has donated $20,000 to support Red Cross relief efforts in China where hundreds of thousands of lives continue to be threatened by seasonal flooding.
Since the end of May, floods, typhoons and other disasters have hit 27 of China's 31 mainland provinces. Authorities reported some 910 people have died, 218 are unaccounted for and almost 3 million have been evacuated. All together, the authorities say over 134 million people have been affected. And the bad news is - the flood season is far from over.
The Red Cross however, has responded quickly. So far, Red Cross aid workers have provided relief in 19 provinces struck by heavy rains and floods.
The CEO of Australian Red Cross, Mr Robert Tickner said 'Red Cross aims to help 400,000 of the neediest people. Our $20,000 donation will help purchase essential non-food items such as blankets, hygiene kits as well as tarpaulins for shelter.'
Across China, several million hectares of land have been flooded, there has been widespread loss of crops and a large percentage of the people affected are subsistence farmers.
Mr Tickner said many villages would never recover after years and years of flooding. But he hoped Australia's contribution would help alleviate some of the human suffering and hardship
'We also need more help' Mr Tickner said. 'Make a donation to Red Cross today and together we can reach thousands of people in China with vital aid.'
To make a donation to the China Floods 2005 Appeal:
- Secure on-line facilities at www.redcross.org.au
- Freecall 1800 811 700 from anywhere in Australia
- Send a cheque marked 'China Floods 2005' to GPO Box 9949 in your capital city
All donations over $2 are tax deductible. For more Appeal information visit www.redcross.org.au