American Red Cross Helps Meet Needs in Asia Pacific Disasters
World’s largest humanitarian network pulls together with response
WASHINGTON, October 5, 2009 —As humanitarian workers in the Asia Pacific transition from disaster relief to recovery efforts, the needs of local communities after devastating earthquakes, a typhoon and a tsunami are becoming apparent. The American Red Cross, as part of the global Red Cross network, is contributing financial, logistical and material support to help affected people in Indonesia, the Philippines, American Samoa and Samoa.
“We work very closely with our sister Red Cross societies around the world, and when they ask for assistance we do everything we can to respond,” said Alex Mahoney, manager of disaster response operations in Asia for the American Red Cross.
• In Indonesia, nearly 800,000 people are believed to have been affected by the two devastating earthquakes in West Sumatra last week. To respond to these needs, the Indonesian Red Cross (known locally as Palang Merah Indonesia or PMI) is asking the global Red Cross network for $6.6 million in assistance. The American Red Cross is adding an additional $400,000 to the $100,000 contributed last week to the Indonesian Red Cross. This will assist in their efforts to procure and distribute relief supplies and clean water.
• In the Philippines, the Red Cross says 2.5 million people are affected from Typhoon Ketsana and estimates that they will need about $2.9 million for their disaster response. In response, the American Red Cross offered $100,000 last week and is making an additional $400,000 available this week.