Dutch frigate but no aid appeal for Katrina relief

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2 September 2005, AMSTERDAM — Dutch aid agencies have indicated they will not be making a joint public appeal for donations to support the relief effort in the New Orleans and other areas battered by Hurricane Katrina.

2 September 2005

AMSTERDAM — Dutch aid agencies have indicated they will not be making a joint public appeal for donations to support the relief effort in the New Orleans and other areas battered by Hurricane Katrina.

The agencies — who collect money for disasters under the banner of the SHO — said on Friday that they have been in contact with organisations in the US, but have not been asked to contribute funds.

People in the Netherlands who want to make a donation should go the US Embassy website (www.netherlands.usembassy.gov) or the websites of the individual aid agencies via www.giro555.nl.

The American Embassy says on its website people can donate money directly to the American Red Cross. Money sent to the Dutch Red Cross (Rode Kruis) account Giro 19800 will be transferred to the American arm of the organisation.

People seeking information about relatives or friends should also go to the US embassy website.

Meanwhile, the Netherlands is dispatching a frigate to deliver relief supplies to the stricken area, Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende said on Friday.

Frigate Hr.Ms. Van Amstel will depart shortly from the Netherlands Antilles and can be in position to offer assistance in four or five days.

The Netherlands has acted prior to receiving a request from the US authorities to ensure the help can be delivered quickly if and when it is asked for.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news + Hurricane Katrina

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