American Red Cross Responds to Solomon Islands Tsunami
The American Red Cross is contributing $50,000 in response to the emergency appeal from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to assist survivors of the tsunami that left an estimated 5,000 homeless in the Solomon Islands, following Monday’s powerful 8.2 magnitude earthquake in the South Pacific.
The funds will be used to assist the Solomon Islands Red Cross (SIRC) to help affected communities to have immediate access to safe drinking water, medical care and emergency shelter.
According to Nan Buzard, Sr. Director of International Disaster Response for the American Red Cross, “The main focus of the work of Red Cross in the Solomon Islands now will focus on getting relief where it is needed as quickly as possible.” Reports from the area indicate that aftershocks still continue. “We are concerned about the more remote areas, which Red Cross workers are accessing by canoe where necessary,” said Buzard.
The local Red Cross responded immediately to the disaster, carrying out early assessments and distributing relief goods including hurricane lamps, blankets, tarps and cooking sets which were stored in a Red Cross warehouse in Gizo.
The American Red Cross continues to assist victims of the tsunami that hit the region in 2004.
You can help those affected by countless crises around the world each year by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross International Response Fund, which will provide immediate relief and long-term support through supplies, technical assistance and other support to help those in need. Call 1-800-RED CROSS or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Contributions to the International Response Fund may be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross International Response Fund, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. Internet users can make a secure online contribution by visiting www.redcross.org. The American Red Cross honors donor intent. If you wish to designate your donation to a specific disaster please do so at the time of your donation.
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