EUR 5.6m for Pakistan earthquake victims

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27 January 2006, BRUSSELS — Charity organisations Doctors Without Borders and the Red Cross have raised in excess of EUR 5.6 million for the victims of last year's earthquake in Pakistan. About a third of the money was raised by a telethon broadcast on 21 December last year by public broadcaster VRT and commercial station VTM.

27 January 2006

BRUSSELS — Charity organisations Doctors Without Borders and the Red Cross have raised in excess of EUR 5.6 million for the victims of last year's earthquake in Pakistan.
 
About a third of the money was raised by a telethon broadcast on 21 December last year by public broadcaster VRT and commercial station VTM.

Money raised has been used to send blankets, tents and quilts to the stricken area. Some 3,670 tents, 72,500 blankets, 11,720 thermal blankets and 45,000 continental quilts have already been sent.

More quilts and a load of corrugated sheets will also be dispatched to the disaster area.

Both Doctors Without Borders (known as MSF internationally) and the Red Cross said they were pleased with the results of their co-operative aid effort, which was staged between 8 October 2005 and 19 January 2006.

Some 75,000 people were killed in last year's earthquake in Kashmir and 3.5 million were made homeless prior to the onset of the harsh winter months.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

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