Belgians pledge millions to Asian tsunami victims

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3 January 2005, BRUSSELS - Belgian citizens and expats living in the country have so far given over EUR 18 million to help victims of the tsunamis that devastated coastal regions around the Indian Ocean on 26 December.

3 January 2005

BRUSSELS - Belgian citizens and expats living in the country have so far given over EUR 18 million to help victims of the tsunamis that devastated coastal regions around the Indian Ocean on 26 December.

On Monday a coalition of aid agencies said they had received EUR 6,205,000 in donations for their 'tsunami 12-12' campaign.

The coalition, which is made up of Unicef Belgium, Oxfam, Caritas International, Handicap International and the Red Cross said on Monday that 82,000 separate donations had been received so far and that money was still coming in.

The news from the aid agencies follows an announcement by the Belgian government on Sunday that it has freed up a further EUR 10 million to help tsunami victims, bringing its total contribution to date to EUR 12 million.

The Belgian Foreign Ministry said in a statement released on Sunday night that the new funds would be used to provide food and emergency aid for disaster struck countries.

Belgium had already contributed EUR 2 million to the international disaster relief effort.

The money has been distributed to the Red Cross, the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organisation, Unicef and Medecins sans Frontiers (Doctors without borders).

The Foreign Ministry said Belgium would free up further funds to help the relief effort later in the week.

The United Nations has said the total number of deaths from the Asian tsunamis could be as high as 150, 000.

More information

To help the 'tsunami 12-12' campaign, visit their website:

http://www.1212.be

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Subject: Belgian news

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