Canadian Red Cross

Canadian Red Cross

August 17, 2007 15:06 ET

Peru Earthquake: Red Cross Appeals for Cash Donations in Support of Relief Operations

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 17, 2007) - The Canadian Red Cross is appealing for cash donations to support relief efforts following the earthquake that devastated the central coast of Peru on Wednesday evening. Funds raised will be used to supply 20,000 people with emergency items including tents, blankets, jerrycans, clothes, bedding and plastic sheeting.

The initial quake had a magnitude of 7.9 on the Richter scale, and several aftershocks have followed. According to official figures, 510 people have died, more than 1,000 people are injured, and nearly 17,000 houses have been destroyed. It's estimated that the town of Pisco, with a population of just over 54,000 people, has suffered around 70% destruction of its infrastructure including hospitals, schools and roads.

"Immediate needs for the survivors include shelter - it is winter now in Peru, and people need to be protected from the cold. They also need access to clean water," explains Charlie Musoka, emergency program manager at the Canadian Red Cross. "The funds will also finance vital psychological support to help survivors overcome the trauma of the catastrophe."

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has released $220,000 to support relief efforts, and has sent two plane loads of supplies to the affected region. Donations in Canada have also been swift and generous, including a $150,000 donation from Scotiabank. Funds will also be collected at Scotiabank branches across the country.

Canadians wishing to make a financial donation may give online at www.redcross.ca, call 1-800-418-1111 or contact their local Canadian Red Cross office. The 24-hour toll free line accepts Visa, MasterCard and American Express. Cheques should be made payable to Canadian Red Cross, earmarked "Peru Earthquake" and mailed to Canadian Red Cross National Office, 170 Metcalfe Street, Suite 300, Ottawa, Ontario, K2P 2P2. Donations of goods are not accepted.

To locate Canadian citizens in Peru, please contact Canadian Foreign Affairs at 1-800-387-3124. To locate other nationalities living in the quake-affected area, please phone the Ministry of Health in Peru at (511) 315 66 00. The Peru Ministry of Health has published, and is continuing to update, a list of persons wounded in the earthquake. This can be accessed online at: www.minsa.gob.pe.

The Canadian Red Cross is a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, which includes the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Committee of the Red Cross and 185 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Our mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity in Canada and around the world.

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