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Assalamualaikum sekelian Tomodachi (sahabat) saya

Sekarang saya berada di Fussa, Tokyo dalam Misi Bantuan Kemanusiaan ke Jepun, Malaysian Relief Agency dengan kerjasama Alumni Look East Policy Society – ALEPS.

Saya akan update dari masa ke semasa mengikut kemampuan dan kelapangan yang ada.

Shahrul San, Fussa, Tokyo

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Climate change a growing humanitarian challenge: UN Source: Agence France-Presse (AFP)

 

06 Jun 2010 SYDNEY — Weather-related catastrophes brought about by climate change are increasing, the top UN humanitarian official said Sunday as he warned of the possibility of “mega-disasters”.

John Holmes, the Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs, said one of the biggest challenges facing the aid community was the problems stemming from changing weather patterns. “When it comes meteorological disasters, weather-related disasters, then there is a trend upwards connected with climate change,” Holmes, who is in Australia for high-level talks on humanitarian aid, told AFP.

“The trend is there is terms of floods, and cyclones, and droughts.” Holmes, who is the UN’s emergency relief coordinator, said it had been a tough year due to January’s devastating earthquake in Haiti, which killed more than 250,000 people. He said while earthquakes, such as the 7.0-magnitude quake which levelled the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince, were random, weather-related natural disasters were increasing in number and scale.

“It’s partly the very obvious things like the number of cyclones and the intensity of the cyclones, and the amount of flooding,” he said. “But is also in slightly more invisible ways — in Africa with drought spreading, desertification spreading.

” Holmes said officials were particularly concerned about places where a combination of factors — such as large populations, or likelihood of earthquake, or susceptibility to rising sea levels — made them more vulnerable. “One of things we worry about is mega cities could produce, at some point, a mega disaster,” he said. “Cities like Kathmandu for example, which sits on two earthquake faults, where a large earthquake will come along… and the results could be catastrophic.”

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Gegaran terasa di Alor Setar

Gempa bumi yang melanda Acheh tengahari tadi turut dirasakan di Alor Setar. 

Aku terasa berbuai-buai walaupun berada di tingkat 6.  Aku pernah rasa gempa yang lebih dahsyat dari tu lagi dulu semasa menghadiri misi-misi kemanusiaan suatu masa dulu.

Apapun, semoga kita mengambil iktibar diatas gempa yang kecil ini, jangan angkuh dan sentiasa ingat diri.

Shahrul Peshawar

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MRA 8th Group Progress Report

14TH NOVEMBER 2009

We were assembled at LCCT airport at around 12.30pm. Checking-in and money changing were swift as we sat in Marry Brown receiving our briefing from Ms. Diyana and soon after Mr Shahran came by for final instructions of our mission. It was the last call for our flight as we made our way through the boarding. There was a sense of uncertainty and excitement as we sat in our seats. It was a smooth take off, the pilot was excellent. The flight to Padang was a quick one, but the view from the sky was breath-taking. Landing was superb also, swift and graceful.

Our arrival at the airport was greeted warmly by Haji Hani and Pak Yus. We made a quick pit stop to Padang town to buy some medicinal supplies. The environment was so different from the usual metropolitan KL scene that I was use to. What caught my eye was house simple the pharmacies appeared, somewhat equivalent to our traditional herb stalls in KL? After buying the supplies, we had our first taste of Nasi Padang at a nice restaurant called Lamun Ombak. It was a nice change from our normal diet at home.

We arrived at the MRA secretariat located in Jati, Pariaman. It was a single storey bungalow already rented for a year under MRA. I would say it was quite neat with all the facilities. After a short briefing, we decided to do the first most important thing – rearrange our medicine stock and prepare our boxes.

15 NOVEMBER 2009

The one hour time difference messed up our clocks but luckily since Malaysia is earlier by one hour, we were actually overly punctual. Breakfast was simple bread and jam from bread bought earlier in Padang when we landed. The journey to our clinic site was a long one. It was situated in the region of Agam, north of Pariaman called South Melalak – a small village called Talago. Talago suffered a great impact during the earth quake where 7 houses were buried under heaps of land. A lot of houses were damaged and few died.

We arrived around 9.30 am and set camp at the Talago Mosque. Dewan Dakwah Islamiyah Indonesia led by Uztaz Jamal was there too and they gave the ‘tazkirah’ for the people. Our clinic was a success despite the heavy downpour and the mini flood that occurred at our impromptu pharmacy. We treated 60 patients altogether with the main complaints of rheumatism and back pain. Before leaving, we scoured the small settlement to take a look at the remains of the landslide that occurred during the earth quake. Lunch was again Nasi Padang, at a nice small restaurant above a pond. On our way back, we dropped by to see the house that MRA built to help the people. Afterwards, we stopped by the market to stock on supplies. Dinner was simple fried rice courtesy of Azmee.

16 NOVEMBER 2009

It was only the 3rd day, yet everyone agreed that we were quite fed up of Nasi Padang. I whipped up some fried beehoon for breakfast from the items we brought from the market the day before. Today, we visited Sungai Rambai where we were greeted by the head of the village. We were given the community hall to be used as our clinic. It was a really hot day and there wasn’t any good ventilation in the hall. Luckily the toilet was quite decent. The clinic started at about 10 am and we found ourselves soon surrounded by locals of many ages. We saw 95 patients altogether, but ironically the main complaint was hypertension. Haji Hani wasn’t feeling so well, and I being surrounded in a small, stuffy area started to have a massive headache tending to patients that had difficulty understanding what I was trying to say. Luckily, we stopped the registrations, and Haji seeing me struggling to cope with the load came to help. I got up from my seat, feeling very woozy and giddy, sweating away in the hot stuffy room with traces of tobacco smell from the smoking male patients. I dashed to the toilet where I threw up, instantly feeling a lot better. I washed my face and quickly resumed my duties. My team was worried because I looked so pale. Luckily, we managed to finish around 2 pm. Lunch was Nasi Padang again, but the nice change that it was by the seaside, and I welcomed the reassuring breeze. We got home and I rested most the afternoon away. Haji Hani himself was unwell and I prescribed him some medication and antibiotics.

That night, we went to a nearby pharmacy to stock up on LMS and eye drops. We stopped by a mini market where I found some instant Cappuccino. Dinner was bakso from a nearby stall. With coffee in my system, my headache started to clear and I was more energetic than ever. It was caffeine withdrawal syndrome after all. Well at least I found a cure early. That night we had an unexpected guest. A man fell off his motorcycle after hitting a hole on the dark road. He sustained abrasions over the right side of his face, arm and knee. We dressed him and gave him some medications and sent him on his way.

To be continued tomorrow……

 

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Latest dari team INSAF Malaysia di Padang, Sumatera

KEDUDUKAN TERKINI ‘TEAM’ INSAF…

AHAD. 4 Okt
Sebaik sahaja pasukan INSAF Malaysia di lapangan terbang PADANG, mereka terus melaporkan diri di Pusat UN dan terus mengadakan mesyuarat koordinasi. Hujan malam itu sungguh lebat dan mencurah-curah. Sebaik sahaja selesai mesyuarat mereka telah merancang bergerak ke PARIAMAN dengan segera awal pagi esok kerana daerah disana rosak teruk.

Sebaik di sana mereka akan terus berhubung dengan Mer-C Indonesia untuk diselaraskan gerak kerja bantuan. Untuk makluman IFRC di PADANG telah mengeluarkan kenyataan bahawa bekalan ubat sudah mencukupi. Mungkin disini sudah ada terdapat 5 buah hospital yang sudah didirikan iaitu Hospital Perancis, Jepun, Russia, German dan kerajaan Australia. Sedangkan Daerah PARIAMAN rosak teruk. Khemah perlu didirikan terutama untuk di kawasan sekolah. Perhubungan internet masih belum pulih sepenuhnya.
ISNIN 5 Okt
Bertolak ke PARIAMAN. Hujan lebat masih turun tanpa henti. Pasukan INSAF terus bertugas di hospital disini iaitu Rumah Sakit Umum Daerah Pariaman.

Maklumat yang dikeluarkan oleh pihak UN disini:
Di kawasan PADANG PARIAMAN mangsa terkorban adalah seramai 276 orang dan yang hilang 285 orang.

Di KOTA PADANG pula jumlah mangsa terkorban adalah 231 orang manakala mangsa yang hilang 4 orang. Sementara itu jumlah orang yang terkorban di KOTA PARIAMAN adalah seramai 32 orang dan di AGAM pula seramai 32 orang.

Manakala di PERSISIR SELATAN 10 orang telah terkorban, di KOTA SOLOK seramai 4 orang dan di PASAMAN BARAT pula seramai 3 orang.
Jumlah yang dilaporkan terkorban semua adalah seramai 588 orang dan mereka yang hilang seramai 343 orang.

Petang tadi dapat bertemu dengan Bapak Kabupaten Padang PARIAMAN dan Bapak Pemerintah memohon bantuan segera dihantar disini kerana hampir 70% penduduk disini masih belum mendapat bantuan terutama makanan bayi, khemah, selimut dan ubat-ubatan.

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Laporan Misi Ke-2 Malaysian Relief Agency ke Padang, Sumatera

Wa’alaikum salam dan salam sejahtera,
Semua exco, sukarelawan dan sahabat Malaysian Relief Agency(MRA).
Misi perubatan MRA kedua akan berlepas ke Padang petang ini dari LCCT yang dianggotai oleh Dr. Suryasmi dan 2 jururawat. Mereka dijadualkan akan bergabung dengan misi pertama yang diketuai Sdr. Shahran Kassim. MRA telah menyumbangkan bantuan kecemasan awal rakyat Malaysia sebanyak RM40,000 melalui misi pertama yang telah tiba pada petang 2/10/09. Misi kedua akan membawa tambahan dana sebanyak RM5,000 untuk bantuan seterusnya.
Dr. Hyzan Yusof selaku Ketua Misi Perubatan akan pulang lewat petang ini untuk memberikan maklumat serta laporan awal dari lapangan. Sdr. Khairil Anuar Khalid akan menggantikan Shahran yang akan kembali pada hari Rabu 7/10/09 untuk meneruskan usaha penyelarasan bantuan MRA dan rakan NGO di Sumatera Barat. MRA bekerjasama erat dengan Dewan Dakwah Islamiah Indonesia (DDII)  dan Bulan Sabit Merah Indonesia (BSMI). Kita juga telah memaklumkan kehadiran MRA di sana kepada pasukan Majlis Keselamatan Negara(MKN) yang mewakili kerajaan Malaysia yang baru tiba semalam. MRA telah mewujudkan bilik operasi sementara di Pariaman (kawasan yang paling teruk terjejas akibat gempa) bersama logistik asas untuk menampung kehadiran sukarelawan dari Malaysia.
Pasukan doktor, jururawat dan sukarelawan pertama dan kedua akan berada di sana selama seminggu dan misi perubatan MRA ketiga akan menyusul pada 10/09/09 yang akan dianggotai oleh 2 doktor, 1 ahli farmasi dan 2 jururawat.
Kita perlukan rakan-rakan dermawan untuk menghulurkan sumbangan dana kewangan ke Tabung Kemanusiaan Padang anjuran MRA untuk terus membantu mangsa gempabumi di sana. Terima kasih di atas segala sokongan moral dan juga doa semua teman-teman agar para sukarelawan kita selamat menabur bakti tanpa kesulitan.
Sumbangan ikhlas ke MRA boleh dibuat ke akaun ;
“Tabung Amanah Pesakit Malaysia”  (Bank Muamalat –  14-010000969716)

Sekian dulu.
Dr. Mohd. Daud Sulaiman
SUA  Malaysian Relief Agency (www.mra.my)
(HP 012 2900150)

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MISI-MISI BANTUAN KEMANUSIAAN KE PADANG, INDONESIA

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Saya dapati beberapa pihak telahpun menghantar pasukan mereka “on the ground” dan ada yang telahpun menjalankan aktiviti bantuan kemanusiaan dan misi perubatan dan ada yang baru menghantar pasukan peninjau.

Apapun saya harap semua pihak dapat bekerjasama dan elakkan dari “photocopy” kerja-kerja bantuan antara satu sama lain. Mungkin tim-tim kemanusiaan dari Malaysia perlu mengadakan mesyuarat penyelarasan bagi memastikan semua pihak dapat memberikan bantuan maksima tanpa perlu bersaing dan berebut kawasan operasi. Ini pandangan peribadi saya, mungkin ada yang setuju dan mungkin tidak.

Dalam kesibukan di Padang, janganlah pulak kita lupakan mangsa Taufan Ketsana di Filipina.

Setakat pengetahuan saya, maklumat yang boleh dikongsi adalah seperti berikut:-

MALAYSIAN RELIEF AGENCY

Telah melancarkan “Tabung Kemanusiaan Sumatera” dan telah berada di Padang sejak 2hb Oktober lagi, bertugas di Rumah Sakit Siti Rahmah, kekuatan anggota 2 doktor dan 2 jururawat terlatih.  Untuk maklumat lanjut dan sumbangan sila hubungi Sdri. Fauziah Tahar, Pegawai Eksekutif MRA – hp 012 2096577 atau Dr. Mohd Daud Sulaiman – hp 012 2900150  SUA MRA.

GLOBAL PEACE MISSION MALAYSIA

GPM telah pun melancarkan Tabung Gempa Sumatera Barat. Tabung bertujuan untuk mengutip dana bagi membantu mangsa gempa terutamanya di dua kawasan yang teruk terjejas iaitu Kota Padang dan Pariaman. Misi pertama GPM akan ke Padang pada hari Isnin 5 Oktober 2009 dijangka membawa bantuan awal sebanyak RM20,000 ringgit untuk keperluan khemah dan makanan.

Sumbangan boleh dihantar terus ke pejabat GPM seperti aLamat di bawah atau dimasukkan ke akaun berikut :

Global Peace Mission
Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad – No Akaun 14 023 01 002922 4 atau
Maybank – No Akaun 564 221 611 602

Untuk maklumat lanjut, anda boleh berurusan dan menghubungi:-

En. Mohd Halimi Abdul Hamid, Exco GPM

2-2A Jalan GJ 2
Batu 5 1/2 Jalan Gombak
53100 Kuala Lumpur
MALAYSIA

Tel: +603-6188 3230  Fax: +603-6188 3233

INSAF MALAYSIA HUMANITARIAN RELIEF

Pasukan perubatan INSAF dan pasukan ‘Rapid Assesment’ akan bertolak ke Padang, Sumatera pada 8hb Oktober 2009. Pasukan perubatan yang diketuai oleh Dr Ahmad Abdul Wahid dan Dr Alvin Tan serta ‘Logistiction’ sdr Ishak Abd Kadir merangkap Presiden INSAF akan membawa bekalan ubat-ubatan dan peralatan khemah dalam Misi Kemanusiaan ini.
Namun begitu oleh kerana bekalan yang kami bawa hanya mampu bertahan untuk sementara waktu, pihak kami sangat mengalu-alukan bantuan sdr-sdr semua tak kira apa bentuk bantuan terutama bantuan kewangan.
Untuk maklumat lanjut, sila hubungi Sdr. Onn Abu Bakar, Exco Insaf di talian 012 2205282
PERSATUAN BULAN SABIT MERAH MALAYSIA

The Malaysian Red Crescent “Mass Cooking Team” comprises of 4 members and Clinton Cooker set were deployed to Padang,Sumatera together with the government humanitarian mission. They departed for Padang, Sumatera around 9.00 am this morning (2nd October 2009) from the Royal Malaysian Air Force Base, Subang for 10 days mission.

MERCY MALAYSIA

MERCY MALAYSIA SENDING SURGICAL AND MEDICAL TEAM TO PARIAMAN, INDONESIA TO TREAT EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS

Kuala Lumpur, 3 October 2009 – MERCY Malaysia will deploy a surgical and medical team consisting of an orthopaedic surgeon, a general surgeon, an anaesthetist, general practitioners (GPs) and nurses to treat the earthquake victims in and around Pariaman which is located some 80 km north of Padang, Sumatra.

After initial assessments conducted by MERCY Malaysia’s team, it was found that Pariaman (population 600,000), is the second-worst hit area and is in need of medical and relief assistance.  (read press release at their website)

Shahrul Peshawar, Alor Setar

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Indonesia quake kills 75, thousands trapped

By NINIEK KARMINI, Associated Press Writer Niniek Karmini,

Associated Press Writer – 1 hr 17 mins ago JAKARTA, Indonesia – A powerful earthquake rocked western Indonesia Wednesday, trapping thousands under collapsed buildings — including two hospitals — and triggering landslides. At least 75 people were killed on Sumatra island and the death toll was expected to climb sharply.

The magnitude 7.6 quake struck at 5:15 p.m. local time (1015GMT, 6:15 a.m. EDT), just off the coast of Padang city the U.S. Geological Survey said. It was along the same fault line that spawned the massive 2004 Asian tsunami that killed more than 230,000 people in a dozen countries.

A tsunami warning for countries along the Indian Ocean was issued, and panicked residents fled to higher ground fearing giant waves. The warning was lifted about an hour later.

When the quake struck, the ground was shaking so hard that people sat down on the streets to avoid falling over, footage shot in Padang and broadcast by local TVOne network showed.

Children screamed as residents tried to put out fires started in the quake. Thousands fled the coast in cars and motorbikes, honking horns.

Initial reports received by the government said 75 people were killed, but the real number is “definitely higher than that,” Vice President Jusuf Kalla told reporters in the capital, Jakarta.

“It’s hard to tell because there is heavy rain and a blackout,” he said.

Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari told MetroTV that a mall and two hospitals had collapsed in Padang — a sprawling low-lying city in Western Sumatra province of around 900,000 people that geologists have warned could be vulnerable to a massive quake or tsunami.

“This is a high-scale disaster, more powerful than the earthquake in Yogyakarta in 2006 when more than 3,000 people died,” Supari said, referring to a major city on the main island of Java.

Rustam Pakaya, head of the Health Ministry’s crisis center, said “thousands of people are trapped under the collapsed houses.”

A field hospital was being prepared to assist the injured and medical teams were on the way from neighboring provinces, he said.

“Many buildings are badly damaged, including hotels and mosques,” said Wandono, an official at Meteorology and Geophysics Agency in Jakarta, citing reports from residents. Footage from Padang showed flattened buildings, the foot of one person sticking out from beneath the debris.

“The earthquake was very strong,” said Kasmiati, who lives on the coast near to the epicenter. “People ran to high ground. Houses and buildings were badly damaged.”

“I was outside, so I am safe, but my children at home were injured,” she said before her cell phone went dead.

TV One said the quake triggered landslides that cut all roads to Padang. Power and telecommunications were also cut. Fire also broke out in buildings on a road to the city, officials said. “I want to know what happened to my sister and her husband,” said Fitra Jaya, who owns a house in downtown Padang and was in Jakarta when the quake struck. “I tried to call my family there, but I could not reach anyone at all.”

Wednesday’s quake came a day after a quake with a magnitude of between 8.0 and 8.3 in the South Pacific hurled a massive tsunami at the shores of Samoa and American Samoa, flattening villages and leaving at least 99 dead and dozens missing.

The epicenter of Wednesday’s temblor off Indonesia lies several thousand miles (kilometers) to the west, on the other side of Australia. The shaking could be felt in high buildings in Jakarta, several hundred miles (kilometers) away. It was also felt in neighboring Singapore and Malaysia.

Padang was badly hit by an 8.4 magnitude quake in September 2007, when dozens of people died and several large buildings collapsed.

_____ AP reporters Ali Kotarumalos, Irwan Firdaus contributed to this article.

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Twin Afghan quakes kill up to 22


SHERZAD, Afghanistan, April 17, 2009 (AFP) – Two earthquakes killed up to 22 people in eastern Afghanistan, damaging villages and destroying scores of homes in a remote area near the border with Pakistan, local authorities said Friday.

The quakes hit overnight in Khogyani and Sherzad districts in Nangarhar province, where police searched for bodies and the injured under the rubble of flattened homes, while the grim process of burying the dead got underway.

“Twenty-two people have been killed and 30 injured. More than 200 homes have been destroyed,” Khogyani district chief Haji Said Rahman told AFP.

The 5.5- and 5.1-magnitude tremors, which struck two hours apart at shallow depths, had caused simple mud-brick homes to collapse with ease, said an AFP correspondent.

At one house, only a wall with a prayer mat hanging on it was left standing and several dead cows and sheep lay motionless in the rubble.

“Some people came out of their houses after the first tremor,” said resident Yar Mohammad, 30, adding they went back inside to help other people get out.

“But there came another strong tremor and the houses fell down on the people,” Mohammad added, as helicopters surveying the damage roared overhead.

Funerals for three women and six children began Friday afternoon in keeping with Muslim and local tradition that bodies be buried as quickly as possible.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai conveyed his condolences to local officials and tribal elders in the region, and ordered authorities to provide emergency aid as quickly as possible to the victims.

Twenty people were killed and around 50 wounded, the presidency said in a statement.

“The work is going on and the rubble is being removed to try to find more dead bodies or injured people,” interior ministry spokesman Zemarai Bashari told AFP.

A US military provincial reconstruction team (PRT) based in Jalalabad, the provincial capital, also provided emergency assistance.

Ahmad Shekib Hamraz, an official with the disaster management directorate, said hundreds of animals had also been killed.

“Nineteen people have been martyred and 25 wounded. A hundred houses were destroyed. Some 350 to 400 animals were also killed,” he said.

The US Geological Survey said two moderate earthquakes rattled the Hindu Kush border area between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

A 5.5-magnitude quake struck at 1:57 am Afghan time (2127 GMT Thursday), 85 kilometres (55 miles) southeast of Kabul, according to the US agency.

The quake was at a shallow depth of eight kilometres.

It was followed just over two hours later by a 5.1-magnitude aftershock at a depth of just three kilometres.

Northern Afghanistan and Pakistan are frequently hit by earthquakes, especially around the Hindu Kush range near the collision of the Eurasian and Indian tectonic plates.

A 7.6-magnitude earthquake in northwest Pakistan and Kashmir in October 2005 killed 74,000 people and displaced 3.5 million.

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Italy’s worst quake in nearly 30 years strikes city of L’Aquila

At 3:30 a.m. a powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 6.3 on the Richter scale struck the city of L’Aquila in central Italy, 120 km northeast of Rome.

According to the Italian Red Cross at least 40 people have been killed, 400 injured and eight remain unaccounted for. The numbers of dead and injured are expected to grow. Tens of thousands of people have become homeless in the city which has a population of 70’000.

The Italian Red Cross rescue teams were on the scene of the disaster within an hour after the earthquake struck. It is presently scaling up personnel and equipment in the affected area to reinforce capacity for search and rescue, as well as meals and blankets for the survivors.

The Italian Red Cross is on full alert and active in health, first aid, logistics and humanitarian relief. It also established a field hospital to relieve the burden on local health facilities which are under an enormous strain due to the sudden upsurge in demand. Italian Red Cross has also quickly set up mobile kitchens with the capacity to provide 10,000 meals a day run by a team of with a team of 16 Italian Red Cross staff and 30 volunteers. Two soup kitchens providing 200-400 meals a day have been set up to respond to the needs of L’Aquila Hospital which is being evacuated.

Thirty six ambulances from the Italian Red Cross are on rotation to evacuate injured people from L’Aquila to the Hospitals in Tagliacozzo, Pescina and Avezzano and it is also evacuating an orphanage in San Gregorio and will ensure care is provided for all the children. Additionally, five psychological support teams from the Italian Red Cross are now operational on the ground.

Additional means and resources are ready to be sent, depending on needs, including 30 search and rescue dog units, five psychological support teams and three veterinary teams.

With up to 10,000 buildings in the city expected to be badly damaged if not destroyed, the Italian Red Cross foresees growing problems with shelter, warm clothes and food provisions for the survivors. “Once we have addressed the need to reinforce emergency health care in the region, the next major challenge, apart from urgent search and rescue, is to find a solution for the thousands of homeless survivors” according to Tommasso Della Longa, head of Communication for the Italian Red Cross who is on the spot.

Further mobilisation of resources is being organised. A national appeal calling for solidarity with the population hit by the earthquake is going to be issued on the Italian Red Cross website.

Working in close co-ordination with the Italian Civil Protection, the Italian Red Cross has activated its national operations centre, as well as four regional ones, bringing the considerable capacity of the organisation to effectively address the needs of the population.

In consultation with the Italian Red Cross the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is currently assessing which assistance can be best provided right now to supplement and support the efforts of the Italian Red Cross.

Since 1968 the International Federation and member National Societies have supported the Italian Red Cross three times after earthquakes in 1968, 1976 and in 1980. In 1980 some 3000 people lost their lives after a deadly quake hit the region of Naples. In 1992 a quake in Umbria claimed 13 lives and countless cultural treasures. The most recent deadly quake was in 2002 when 30 people died, including 27 pupils and their teacher, in the southern Italian town of San Giuliano di Puglia.

For more information, please contact:

In Budapest:

Margarita Plotnikova, Communication Manager, Europe Zone, tel: +36 1 888 4506

In Italy:

Tommasso Della Longa, Italian Red Cross, head of communications, tel: +393207979485 (English speaking)

Marcelo Guerra, head of international (French speaking), +393207979483

In Geneva:

Paul Conneally, IFRC Media Manager, Tel: +41(0)22.730.4669

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