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Tsunami appeal closes

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The Tsunami Earthquake Appeal being run by the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) is to close tomorrow, Saturday 26 February 2005, two months after the tsunami disaster in Asia.

Donations by the British public have reached an unprecedented =A3300 million. The DEC aid agencies now have enough funds to carry out both life-saving relief work and longer-term work rebuilding lives and livelihoods.

"The British public has created an amazing =A3300 million fund that is making a huge difference to people from Sri Lanka to Somalia," said Brendan Gormley, Chief Executive of the DEC.

"Thanks to their generosity, hundreds of thousands of people who lost everything now have food, clean water and shelter. Despite the scale and complexity of the challenge we are spending this money wisely and well, and will regularly report back on progress."

The DEC has already allocated over =A3100 million for the first phase of disaster relief. The rest of the appeal fund will be spent on reconstruction and re-establishing livelihoods for at least the next three years. We want local partners and local people to be closely involved in directing the relief effort. This fund will help people rebuild their lives with dignity and leave them better prepared for future crises.