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Caritas launches South Asia Earthquake Appeal


Caritas Australia has annoucned the launch of a humanitarian appeal to help the victims of the Pakistan and South Asian Earthquake.

CLICK HERE"We are now taking donations," said Mr Jack de Groot, Chief Executive Officer of Caritas Australia.

"Because we are part of the Caritas Internationalis network, we are able to work with partners in Pakistan and the affected region, who are already on the ground. They will be able to accept our donations and to start work immediately to bring relief to the many thousands who have been injured and left homeless by the earthquake," he said.

Mr de Groot said that Caritas Australia partners have already conducted preliminary assessments at Jammu in India and Muzzarafad and Nenserai in Pakistan.

The tremor is reported to have struck about 95 km northeast of Islamabad and was felt across the subcontinent, shaking buildings in the Afghan, Indian and Bangladeshi capitals.

"Our partners in the affected countries are working closely with local military, government officials and other NGOs. Access is difficult because the earthquake occurred in dense mountainous regions and further slides are expected," he said.

"Pakistani officials have reported that the death toll from the earthquake is at least 18,000 in Pakistan alone. We are awaiting reports from other affectedcountries affected, " he said.

To donate to the Caritas Australia Pakistan South Asia Earthquake Appeal please ring 1800 024 413 or donate online at http://www.caritas.org.au

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Caritas launches Pakistan and South Asian Earthquake Appeal (Caritas Australia 9/10/05)

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Caritas India
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11 Oct 2005