BURBANK, California (December 27, 2004) – Burbank, CA based charity Islamic
Relief USA is urgently appealing for donations to assist the victims of the
Tsunamis in Asia. The earthquake which caused the Tsunamis, measured at
9.0 on the Richter scale has killed over 23,000 people so far. The death toll is
expected to rise significantly in the coming days.
Islamic Relief Worldwide Response
IRW has launched an initial $1,350,000 appeal to assist the victims. This
includes an initial $270,650 for relief and rehabilitation intervention in the
region, and $27,000 to meet the immediate needs of victims in Sri Lanka.
IRW is constantly monitoring events and making contact with those on the
ground in Indonesia, India and Sri Lanka. Our representative in Sri Lanka is
performing a needs assessment. An Emergency Response Team will be
operational in Sri Lanka within the next 5 to 7 days.
An assessment team from our Indonesia office has left for Aceh, Indonesia
and our partners in India are on their way to Chennai for an assessment.
The victims of the disaster are in need of medical supplies, tents and
sanitation facilities. Islamic Relief USA will continue to send updates as
additional information becomes available.
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Islamic Relief USA is accepting donations on the internet, via telephone, and
To donate, visit www.irw.org/asiaquake or call toll free at (888) 479-4968.