BURBANK, California (August 31, 2005) – The mayor of New Orleans said

Wednesday that Katrina may have killed thousands of people in the city — an

estimate that, if accurate, would make the storm by far the nation’s deadliest

hurricane in more than a century.

Islamic Relief USA has initiated an appeal to help the victims of the floods

caused by Hurricane Katrina.

Islamic Relief is in the process of coordinating with organizations working on

the ground to effectively and efficiently aid the victims as swiftly as possible.

Islamic Relief will be focusing its efforts on helping victims in Baton Rouge, LA

(where many victims from New Orleans have fled), Mobile, AL, and Houston,

TX.

In addition to the devastation in New Orleans, hundreds are also feared dead

in Mississippi. People in Louisiana, Alabama, and Florida have also been

affected. Many areas in all affected regions have been completely destroyed,

and the temporary shelters which have been set up cannot cope with the

continuing influx of refugees.

Islamic Relief spokesman Arif Shaikh said in a statement, “As part of our

mission to respond to humanitarian and natural disasters throughout the

world, the Katrina disaster has become our focus. We are motivating our

donors to respond to the needs of the victims immediately and urgently.”

In addition to its international relief work, Islamic Relief has aided in many

domestic disaster relief efforts as well, including last year’s fires in Southern

California. Islamic Relief also aided victims of the September 11 attacks, as

well as 1995’s Oklahoma City bombings.

Islamic Relief is accepting donations for the Katrina disaster by phone, postal

mail, or on the internet.

Islamic Relief

Katrina Disaster Relief

P.O. Box 6098

Burbank, CA 91510

(888) 479-4968

www.irw.org/katrina

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