Missions of affected countries call for aid

ABU DHABI — Embassies of the various countries ravaged by the killer quake are taking expeditious measures to receive relief materials and donations in cash and kind, to reach out to the victims of the catastrophe.

By N. Srinivasan

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Published: Tue 28 Dec 2004, 11:00 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 2:02 AM

Lalith Hettiarachchi, Ambassador of Sri Lanka, the coastal areas of which were devastated by the giant waves of tsunami, made an ardent plea to members of all communities to rise to the occasion with generous donations.

Explaining the arrangements that will be in place at the embassy and at the St. Joseph’s Church, which will be the collection points, to a cross-section of the community members whom he addressed at a meeting held at the embassy on Sunday night, the envoy highlighted the exigency of the situation that calls for collective pooling of resources to provide relief and succour to the victims.

Some of the items needed are tents, blankets and linen, processed and tinned food, medicines and water purification tablets.

Cash donations can also be made directly at the embassy where a caretaker will be in attendance round the clock.

Hettiarachchi said that he conferred with Rev. Bishop Gremoli of St. Joseph's Church, which just two weeks ago had served to pass on relief and aid materials collected for victims of a natural disaster in Philippines.

"He has assured me of all help and assistance, and with Christmas and New Year season being a time for giving, we expect good response to our appeal at the collection centre at the church," he said.

He also said that he will hold talks with officials of the UAE Red Crescent Society today. Ambassador of Thailand Somsakdi Suriyawongse pointed out, that mercifully, the scale of the calamity was not so intense in his country, which can cope with the situation with its own resources.

Some flights from Europe to Thailand for transporting foreigners stranded, are being routed through Dubai, he said. Already ten emergency workers have been mobilised to evaluate the needs in India, Malaysia and Indonesia.

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