At Least 88 Dead, Nearly 60,000 Displaced in Devastating Floods

Burbank, California (April 28, 2005) –- Islamic Relief USA is appealing for

donations to assist the victims of the devastating floods in Ethiopia.

Ethiopian authorities warned of new deaths and damage as non-stop rains

pounded parts of southeastern Ethiopia. The rains began early Thursday, and

the ensuing floods have left at least 88 people dead and nearly 60,000


Islamic Relief, through its field office in Ethiopia, immediately responded to the

disaster, providing food and non-food items to the victims. Islamic Relief’s

current emergency intervention plan includes distribution of high-energy

biscuits, plastic sheeting, blankets, clean water, and plastic plates and cups.

Islamic Relief representatives on the ground are continuing to monitor the

situation to see if further support is necessary.

Those interested in assisting the victims can donate online at,, or call (888) 479-4968.


Media Contact:

Arif Shaikh

Islamic Relief USA

(714) 676-1300 office

(310) 351-3931 mobile

(714) 676-1301 fax

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