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PostPosted: Sat Jan 08, 2005 10:51 pm    Post subject: Disaster Contact Information Reply with quote

Disaster Aid Contact Info:


Foreign Office

emergency number on 020 7008 0000 This is for anyone wanting information about friends, relatives and loved ones.
The number is only for people in the UK who are

concerned about the welfare of UK nationals they believe may have been in the affected areas, and not for those seeking travel advice.

The

Disasters Emergency Committee
- www.dec.org.uk - is an umbrella group of UK aid organisations - including Action Aid, British Red Cross and Oxfam -

working to provide clean water, food and shelter to thousands. To call from the UK, dial 0870 60 60 900.

The Red Cross, with its

sister charity the Red Crescent, is supplying blankets, cooking utensils and other crucial goods. It has had to set up a new site - www.ifrc.org - because of the

unprecedented demand from people wanting to make donations.

Action Aid - www.actionaid.org - is the biggest charity working

in south India. It is focusing its relief work on the coast of Tamil Nadu, where 7,000 people died. It is working on providing medical assistance and sanitation for the

survivors.

Oxfam - www.oxfam.org.uk - is active in Indonesia, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Sri Lanka and India. Their relief

operations include distributing food packs and hygiene kits and setting up water and sanitation facilities.

Save the Children -

www.savethechildren.org.uk - has already flown a plane out to Sri Lanka carrying plastic sheeting for temporary shelter, tents to run children's services from and

essentials such as clothing and cooking utensils.

The United Nations World Food Programme - www.wfp.org - is seeking donations

to feed victims of the earthquake.

The United Nations Children's Fund, Unicef - www.unicef.org.uk - is working to meet the

"urgent needs of hundreds of thousands of people" affected by the tsunami disaster.

The UN refugee agency, UNHCR -

www.unhcr.ch - which has been helping victims of conflicts in Indonesia and Sri Lanka, is delivering relief supplies to tsunami survivors in both countries.



The World Health Organization - www.who.int - is helping local health authorities establish early warning systems for disease outbreaks.



The International Rescue Committee - www.theirc.org - is providing emergency supplies and materials to "people most affected

by the crisis".

The International Medical Corps www.imcworldwide.org.uk is a humanitarian organisation providing healthcare,

nutrition and training. In Aceh, Indonesia, it is helping to deliver medical assistance, nutrition, sanitation and counselling.

Medair -

www.medair.org - is providing emergency support to agencies with a long-term presence in Sri Lanka and its medical experts are assessing the likelihood of malaria and

diarrhoea.

Merlin - www.merlin.org - a medical relief agency, is working with victims of the disaster in Sri Lanka and Indonesia.



Anti-poverty organisation Care International - www.care.org - has already provided food for thousands of affected people in Sri

Lanka.

Cafod, the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development - www.cafod.org.uk - is working with partners across Asia to

provide shelter, food aid and medical assistance, and assessing what further relief is needed.

The Hindu Forum Disaster Relief Task Force

- www.hinduforum.org - comprises 50 organisations and is raising money, clothes and medicines. Donations can be made online or by calling the ISKCON

Disaster Appeal on 01923 856848 or Sewa International on 0116 261 0303.

Christian Aid - www.christianaid.org.uk - has already

allocated 250,000 from its emergency fund to help the victims of this disaster but says more money is needed.

Christian charity Tearfund

- www.tearfund.org - and its partners in Sri Lanka and India are helping devastated fishing communities and coastal villages get back on their

feet.

Islamic Relief - www.islamic-relief.com - has also launched an appeal to provide medical supplies, tents and sanitation

facilities for those affected.

The YMCA's international relief and development agency www.ycare.org.uk has raised more than

1m. The money is being sent to YMCAs in India and Sri Lanka which are organising distribution of food, clothing and medicine.

The Islamic Aid

Emergency Relief Fund
- www.islamicaid.org.uk - aims to provide immediate relief and long-term support to people in the affected areas.



Muslim Hands, another Islamic charity, - www.muslimhands.org - is collecting money and sending volunteers to help in Indonesia and

Malaysia.

Handicap International - www.handicap-international.org.uk - is focusing its efforts on helping displaced people,

disabled people and vulnerable groups such as pregnant women, elderly people and children. It is trying to raise 425,000.

World Vision

- www.worldvision.org.uk - has also launched an appeal and has already delivered relief goods to thousands.

Concern

- www.concern.net - is working with local partners to meet the needs of families in the devastated coastal villages of Tamil Nadu, the worst-affected

state in India.

The Salvation Army - www.salvationarmy.org.uk has local teams working in a number of affected areas and is

sending a team from its international headquarters on Wednesday evening.

Muslim Aid - www.muslimaid.org - has already donated

100,000 towards the purchase of food, clothing and medicine in the region but wants to raise more.

Asia Quake Relief Appeal UK,

a UK-based Sri Lankan organisation, is also raising money and can be e-mailed at asia-quakerelief@europe.com.

World Jewish Aid

- www.worldjewishaid.org.uk - is working with local partners in India, Indonesia and other affected areas to help survivors threatened by water contamination and

disease.

Hindu NGO Baps Care International - www.bapscare.org - is working in villages around Chennai in Southern India

distributing food, drinking water, tarpaulins, utensils, stoves, clothes and blankets.

Goal teams - www.goal.ie - are at present

working in Tamil Nadu in Southern India where they are distributing aid to 5,000 families.

Action Against Hunger - www.aahuk.org

- has projects in about 40 countries, including Indonesia and Sri Lanka.

You can donate to all the campaigns via their websites.

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