Saturday, October 08, 2005

Save the Children: Asian earthquake update

Toby Porter, Director of Emergencies:

"Save the Children operates substantial programmes in both India and Pakistan. As soon as the earthquake occurred our staff and partners there began to gather information, and tried to gain access to the worst affected areas. In the next 24 hours, we plan to commence distributions of shelter materials such as blankets and warm clothing, as the weather in the affected areas has begun to turn cold, especially at night".

Additional information:

- Save the Children emergency response staff will be on a flight to Pakistan from London tonight.

- Save the Children has been present in the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir for 28 years.

- In Pakistan our teams have started to make assessments and are offering assistance to the authorities, in co-ordination with the United Nations and other international and national agencies.

- Save the Children has many years experience of responding to earthquakes all over the world. The immediate priority, once rescue and recovery operations are underway, is to get adequate shelter and household items to children and their families.

Source: ReliefWeb
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