Venezuela

Venezuela appeals for international help

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Today Venezuela is facing its worst natural disaster in living memory. For the last two weeks the heaviest rainfall in one hundred years has been falling on Caracas and the northern states, where more than 75% of the country's population lives.

These torrential rains have resulted in mud slides and serious flooding. Entire villages have been swept away. Many key roads and highways throughout Caracas and the affected areas are blocked or destroyed, making rescue efforts and delivery of medical aid and food supplies extremely difficult. Basic services such as electricity and water have been interrupted in many densely populated areas.

To date there is an estimate of more than 5,000 dead and more than 200,000 homeless. A large number of persons are unaccounted for, most of them presumed dead. These figures are expected to increase as rescue efforts proceed.

Our country is experiencing one of its most difficult hours: domestic resources are insufficient to face this calamity. We need the help and the support of the international community to keep the damage from becoming even greater.

Contributions can be made in cash or in kind.

Cash contributions can be deposited or transferred to:

First Union Bank account number 2000002966991 (ABA 054001220) to the order of VENEZUELAN RELIEF FUND / INUNDACION DICIEMBRE

CITGO PETROLEUM CORPORATION / VENEZUELAN DISASTER RELIEF FUND
Energy One Federal Credit Union, Tulsa OK 74136
Account No.: 39546300
ABA: 303986258

or by calling the AMERICAN RED CROSS:
1-800-435-7669 (English) or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish).

Contributions can be mailed to:

AMERICAN RED CROSS
INTERNATIONAL RELIEF FUND / VENEZUELAN FLOODS
P.O. BOX 37243
Washington, D.C. 20013

VENEZUELAN DISASTER RELIEF FUND
Energy One Federal Credit Union
One Warren Plaza, Suite 619
6100 South Yale Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74136

BROTHER'S BROTHER FOUNDATION / VENEZUELA
1501 Reedsdale Street, Suite 3005
Pittsburgh, PA 15233

Or On-line at: www.brothersbrother.com

To send supplies and for further information, please contact one of the following institutions:

Venezuelan Embassy, Washington D.C. (202) 342-2214 (despacho@embavenez-us.org)

Venezuelan General Consulate, Boston. (617) 266-9355 / 68
Venezuelan General Consulate, Chicago. (312) 236-9655 / 9659
Venezuelan General Consulate, Miami. (305) 577-0302/4214
Venezuelan General Consulate, New Orleans. (504) 522-3284
Venezuelan General Consulate, New York (212) 826-1660
Venezuelan General Consulate, San Francisco (415) 512-8340
Venezuelan General Consulate, San Juan-Puerto Rico (787) 766-4250
The Main Collection Center has been established in the following location:

Venezuelan Air Force - Acquisition Office
8800 NW 15th Street
Miami, Florida 33172
Phone (305) 592-4460 / 61
Fax (305) 477-9351
Contact: Major General Cristobal Rodriguez

We urgently appeal to your humanitarian aid.

The most urgent requirements are listed under the link below.

The people of Venezuela will be forever thankful for your cooperation.

IMMEDIATE URGENT REQUIREMENTS

Medicines

ZITHROMAX Tab. 500 mg
ZITHROMAX emulsion
CIPROFLOXACIN Tab. 500 mg.
DURICEF Tab. 500 mg.
DURICEF emulsion 250 mg/ 5 ml.
ACYCLOVIR creme 5%
CLARITIN Tab. and emulsion
SIMVASTATIN Tab. 10 mg.
Nimesulide Tab. 100 mg.
FIORINAL tablets
Albendazole Tab. and emulsion
Fluconazole Tab. 150 mg.
prevacid Tab. 30 mg.
Cinnarizina Tabl. 0.5 mg y 1 mg.
fentanyl (Fentanyl) amp. 2 ml.
Propofol (Diprivan) 20 ml / 5 amp.
Meropenem amp. 1 gr.
VANCOMYCIN amp. 0.5 gr.
Methergin amp.
SUCCINYL CHOLINE amp.
DONNATAL, SUSPENSION, LEVSIN

Medical equipment

Wheel chairs
Stretchers
Splints

Osteo-synthesis material required:

Stainless steel wire rolls from 0.3 to 1 mm
Kishner wire from 0.5 to 2mm
Kuncher screws for tibia: 10, 9, and 13 mm wide and 20 to 26 tall
Femur blocked nail for internal fixation
Plates and mini-plates with screws
Cast bandages
Elastic bandages
Watta
Axillar crutches
Shoulder splints
Philadelphia splints
Thomas splints
Unipolar external fixation tutors for femur, tibia and superior members

Food

Baby food
Food for children
Powdered milk
Infant milk for newly born
Canned food
K-rations (field rations)

Other material

Sheets, warm blankets and towels
Children's clothing
Disposable diapers (newborn to 2 years of age)
Sanitary napkins
Light matresses
Toys

Communication equipment

Portables and moviles HF-VHF
Aeronautics and marine VHF

Support equipment

Field tents
Canvas tents
Water treatment plants
Portable electric generators
Water desalinization plants
Portable Latrines
Portable gas stoves (two stove each)
Beverage
Coolers of diferent sizes
Flash lights and batteries
Shovels and picks
Leather gloves
Rubber boots (knee high)
Portable water pumps (6 and 8 inches diameter)
Rubber boats
Gasoline driven saws
Brush cutters
Life preservers
Light reflectors
Small axes
Portable landing light kits for heliports
Portable electric light system generators
Ponchos (rain coats)
Distress (SOS) light (torches)
Containers for storage and transport of water
Large rubber bags for drinking water
Ropes and chords of all types

Reconstruction of infrastructure

Disassembled portable bridges
Prefabricated homes (for temporary shelter)
Debris and mud removal equipment
Hauling equipment
Minor tools: shovels, picks, wheel barrows, axes, sledge hammers, machetes, face masks
Concrete drilling equipment
Gasoline driven wood saws
Trailers with equipment for the treatment of solid wastes