Red Cross inundated with tsunami aid donations

26th January 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Jan 26 (AFP) - The International Federation of the Red Cross has received in the month since the tsunami disaster struck Asia, more than half the total donations it collected in its previous 86 years of operations, the head of the French branch announced Wednesday.

PARIS, Jan 26 (AFP) - The International Federation of the Red Cross has received in the month since the tsunami disaster struck Asia, more than half the total donations it collected in its previous 86 years of operations, the head of the French branch announced Wednesday.

The head of the French Red Cross association, Jean-Francois Mattei, warned that the tsunami-hit areas face ten years of reconstruction.

However the good news, the former French health minister said, has been the international response to the disaster which left more than 280,000 dead or presumed dead Asia-wide.

He explained, in comments published in the Aujourd'hui en France newspaper, that since it was founded in 1919 the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies had received EUR 1.55 billion (USD 2 billion) in donations.

That was prior to the December 26 tsunami since which EUR 910 million have come pouring into its coffers worldwide.

In France "we have received some EUR 64 million so far and we are awaiting more than EUR 7 million in pledges from communities and businesses," Mattei said.

The French Red Cross has already sent EUR 3 million of emergency aid but is seeking to spend most of its charitable funding on large reconstruction projects and on disaster prevention measures.

Mattei added that 120 Red Cross members had been sent to new permanent offices in Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta and Colombo.

© AFP

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