Tsunami aid continues pouring in

Aid donations for the victims of last week's Asian tsunami continue to pour in from all over the world.

    Aid is finally reaching victims in remote Asian areas

    The latest estimate for the number killed after an underwater

    earthquake sent sea surges around the Indian Ocean has risen to around 145,000 people.

     

    Qatar has pledged to send an additional $10 million to help victims in Asia, the Qatar

    Charitable Society (QCS) announced on Monday.

    The QCS said 40 aircrafts would take off from Doha airport to carry supplies to Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives islands.

    The aid will include food, medical and logistical supplies.

     

    Also on Monday, Egypt said it would

    send two planeloads of medicine and other supplies to the quake victims in Indonesia, Sri Lanka and the Maldives.

    Movie star donation

     

    Egyptian military aircraft will carry 30 tonnes of food, medicine, blankets and tents, the country's foreign minister said

    in a statement.


    An Egyptian medical team will also be sent to Indonesia.

    Recent aid donations

     

    Qatar - $25m

    Saudi Arabia - $10m

    Kuwait -$10m
    Algeria - $2m 
    Bahrain - $2m
    Libya - $2m

    UAE - $2 m

    African Union - $0.10 m

    Meanwhile, American actress Sandra Bullock has given $1 million

    to the American Red Cross to boost its tsunami relief campaign, the organisation said on Monday.

    The funds from the Hollywood actress will be used to provide relief supplies, financial support and technical assistance.

    "Bullock contacted the Red Cross last week to make this, her second million dollar gift, to the American Red Cross," said a statement.

     

    The star of "Speed" and "While You Were Sleeping" also gave $1 million

    after the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington.

    Football tribute

     

    "Sandra continues to enable our lifesaving work and is a model for personal generosity," said Marsha Evans, the American Red Cross president.

    Many tsunami survivors are living
    in makeshift camps



    French and Italian footballers will also show their solidarity with the victims of the Asian tsunamis this week by observing a minute's silence and collecting donations.

    All 64 clubs playing in the French Cup will pay tribute to the victims of the devastating tsunamis, the French football federation announced on Monday.

    "A minute's silence will be observed before kick-off at all games ... to show solidarity with the victims," the federation said.
      
    Both Paris Saint Germain and Marseille football clubs said they would collect donations for charities helping those affected by the disaster.

    A minute's silence will also be observed before Thursday's games in Italy's Serie A football championship.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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