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May 10, 2008 06:00 ET

Red Cross Relief Operation Continues as More Aid Arrives in Yangon

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 10, 2008) - Another Red Cross shipment of aid arrived in Yangon, Myanmar. Eight tonnes of tarpaulins and jerry cans touched down on Friday on a scheduled commercial flight out of Bangkok.

"Local Red Cross volunteers have been delivering vital aid such as water purification tablets and jerry cans to affected villages in the delta region," says Michael Annear, regional disaster response coordinator for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

"Yesterday, in one township near Yangon, Red Cross volunteers were able to distribute 15,000 water purification tablets to people desperately in need of clean drinking water," he added.

The International Federation has two more shipments of aid scheduled to arrive over the weekend with both consignments made up of emergency shelter supplies, additional jerry cans and mosquito nets.

Once the aid arrives and clears customs it is either shipped straight to a Myanmar Red Cross warehouse in Yangon or, if it arrives early enough in the day, it is put straight on trucks to be distributed to affected communities outside of the city and in the Irrawaddy delta.

"The amount of activity inside and outside the Myanmar Red Cross office in Yangon is very inspiring - with so many young volunteers helping stack water, clothes and other household items to get ready to move out to people in need," says Joe Lowry, information delegate for the International Federation in Myanmar.

According to Lowry, 220,000 cyclone survivors have received humanitarian assistance, with one third of this population having been reached by Red Cross volunteers.

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 the Canadian Red Cross, earmarked "Myanmar Cyclone" and mailed to the Canadian Red Cross National Office, 170 Metcalfe Street, Suite 300, Ottawa, Ontario, K2P 2P2.

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 186 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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