Asia Earth Quake and Floods Appeal

International Red Cross and Red Crescent

London, UK - 29 December 2004, 12:30 GMT - The mi2g team's thoughts and prayers are with those families and loved ones who have experienced the loss of life as a result of the catastrophic earth quake in the Indian Ocean, which in turn unleashed the devastating tsunamis across South East Asia.

The Red Cross has launched an emergency appeal in response to the widespread flooding, caused by 26th December's massive earthquake off the coast of Sumatra. More than 80,000 people are known to have died, thousands more are injured and a million have been displaced from their homes. mi2g supports this timely initiative.

The Pope has led prayers for the victims, and the Queen has said she is "deeply saddened" by the tragedy. Buddhist monks have given out rice and curry to grieving tsunami survivors in some affected countries as aircraft have begun dropping food to isolated towns. South East Asia's disaster relief operation has finally begun to kick in. Monks from the predominant Buddhist community held prayers for the dead as bodies were cremated. In Muslim villages, a bulldozer was used to dig mass graves at one spot, while people elsewhere used cooking utensils or their bare hands to bury the dead. Refugees from ravaged homes have crowded into churches, temples and mosques.

Emergency supplies such as tarpaulins, blankets, cooking utensils and water purification tablets are being provided by the Red Cross. Please make a further cash or credit card donation to enable them to send these vital relief supplies to those who need them most from here.

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is at the forefront of the response to this disaster. A British Red Cross logistics team has already flown to one of the countries - Sri Lanka - most affected by the tidal waves. The logistics team is coordinating the arrival of all Red Cross relief goods being sent, ensuring they reach those who need them most.

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