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The disaster unfolding in Pakistan may prove more difficult than the tsunami as it is "a race against time", according to an experienced Irish Red Cross delegate who leaves shortly to take over the delivery of aid to people there.
John Rowland, who oversaw the delivery of aid at the epicentre of the tsunami - Aceh province in Indonesia - forecasts that his new mission in Pakistan will prove even more difficult.
THE Irish Red Cross today announced that the amount raised from public donations here has more than doubled to over half a million but that many millions more are needed.
A total of €85 million is needed to provide essential aid to the hundreds of thousands of men women and children affected by the earthquake in Pakistan who are being helped by the International Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement.
Mr David Andrews, Chairman of the Irish Red Cross said that the death toll in Pakistan is understood to be well in excess of 40,000 and tens of thousands more people are at risk now.
AID is reaching victims of last week's earthquake in Pakistan and the surrounding countries, the Irish Red Cross will tell President Mary McAleese today.
The Irish Red Cross will assure the President that with money donated by Irish people, the people whose lives have been devastated by the earthquake will get aid. President McAleese is the President of the Irish Red Cross by virtue of her office as President of Ireland.
Today's briefing of the President follows concerns that international donations are falling short of the amount needed,
AID is reaching victims of last week's earthquake in Pakistan and the surrounding countries, the Chairman of the Irish Red Cross, David Andrews emphasised today.
Commenting on concerns that international donations are falling short of the amount needed, Mr Andrews said he wished to assure Irish people that their donations to the Red Cross will be used directly for supplying urgently needed shelter, medical aid and food to the victims.