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Sunday, January 09, 2005

ICRC needs another RM152m

KUALA LUMPUR: The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is appealing for an additional US$40mil (RM152mil) to provide humanitarian aid to tsunami survivors in Indonesia and Sri Lanka in the next six months.

“The appeal is for US$23mil (RM87.4mil) for 300,000 people in Aceh, and for US$17mil (RM64.6mil) for about 200,000 people in Sri Lanka,” said ICRC communications officer here Azrul Mohd Khalib.

“We hope to provide some 60,000 families (300,000 people) in Aceh with essential household kits and shelter materials, comprising a tarpaulin, blankets, sheets, sleeping mats, lantern, towel, jerry can, soap and kitchen sets.

“We will also be setting up structures to distribute safe drinking water to about 60,000 families, and the Norwegian Red Cross will set up a field hospital in Banda Aceh.

“In Sri Lanka, we hope to provide 30,000 families (200,000 people) with these essential household kits. We will continue to send mobile or fixed health teams to the north and east, and provide hospitals there with medical supplies.”

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