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Fida International Assistance to sunami victims in Sri Lanka, India and Thailand

You can assist Tsunami victims by making a donation to Fida International relief efforts: Bank in Finland -- NORDEA, Account number -- 228718-5256, Relief Fund Code -- 72410

Direct phone billing Donations of 20.94 euros (not including cost of call) can also be made by calling +358-600 13234.

Fida International has now raised over 100,000 euros towards the Tsunami relief efforts in Sri Lanka, India, Thailand and Indonesia to be confirmed within the coming week. In addition, Fida International second hand stores in Finland have pledged to donate an additional 30 000 euros to the relief efforts.

India

Emergency relief supplies of water and food have been distributed in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh costal villages affected by the Tsunami flooding.

Material loss in the villages is enormous. Boats and nets were lost, with them the livelihood of the people. The tidal wave brought salty sea water to the rice fields. Now the next harvest is also waisted.

Fida International has been supporting a state program under which rice and other food storage facilities have been built in case of large scale floods. Villagers have also received instructions on how to act under such circumstances. These food stocks will only last for a short time and the time to help these fishing villages is now!

Fida International has donated 10 000 € for the catastrophe victims. In the Krishna district we helped with the evacuation of the villagers, organized food and water distribution along with accommodation for the evacuated villagers. Fida International is responsible for the feeding of people from 870 villages.

For more information contact the Area Coordinator, Mika Jokivuori, mobile phone +91 98211 41743 or email mika.jokivuori@fida.info.

Sri Lanka

Together with a local relief partner AGC-Relief, Fida International will continue with relief assistance in 8 regionally effected coastal areas, with the worst hit areas being east cost fishing villages. Beneficiaries in this area will be around 20,000.

The first stages of emergency supplies, consisting of 21 truck loads of food and water have already reached 13 needy villages, and continuing. Second stage of relief will focus on food, water, temporary shelter, cookers, sleeping mats, repair to sanitation systems and medical assistance.

Fida International is also aiming to assist in the very important third stage of helping rebuild crucial infrastructure, homes, schools and health clinics in the worst effected costal areas.

For more information contact the Area Coordinator, Mika Jokivuori, mobile phone +91 98211 41743 or email mika.jokivuori@fida.info.

Thailand

Fida International personnel have been assisting the Finnish Embassy by giving a direct report of the situation of Finns in Bangkok and Phuket. Personnel also visited, comforted and gave their support to traumatized travelers in hospitals and at the airport.

Together with Food for the Hungry International, Fida International will assist up to 10 000 Tsunami effected victims in and around the areas of Phuket and Phang-Ngan, in providing emergency food and water supplies.

For more information contact the Area Coordinator, Arto Raassina email: Arto.Raassina@fida.info

Indonesia

This coming week Fida International will confirm relief efforts to the worst effected areas of Indonesia.

For all other general inquiries, please contact:
Head of Humanitarian Assistance
Anneli Karras
Ph. +358-40-7713041
Email: Anneli.Karras@fida.info