Netherlands launches appeal for Suriname

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9 May 2006, AMSTERDAM — Aid agencies in the Netherlands launched a national appeal on Tuesday to raise money for the victims of the flooding in Suriname.

9 May 2006

AMSTERDAM — Aid agencies in the Netherlands launched a national appeal on Tuesday to raise money for the victims of the flooding in Suriname.

Over 120 towns in the former Dutch colony have been hit by flooding and at least 70 are under water. Suriname is in northern South America, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between French Guiana and Guyana. It gained independence from the Netherlands in 1975.

SHO, the umbrella group for Dutch aid groups, appealed for the public in the Netherlands to donate money to a special account - gironummer 797. Donations should be made payable to SHO Den Haag.

Heavy rains since Sunday have caused extensive flooding in the country's remote central lowlands. Although precise figures were hard to come by on Tuesday, it is estimated 120 villages have been hit and 20,000 to 25,000 people have been left homeless.

SHO represents Kerkinactie, Mensen in Nood/Cordaid, the Dutch Red Cross, Oxfam Novib, Stichting Vluchteling, TEAR fund, Terre des Hommes and Unicef Nederland.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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