Brazil Steps Up Help to Tsunami Victims

The Unicef office in Brazil is receiving donations in money for the Asian tsunami victims. A special bank account has been opened for such donations at Banco do Brasil, account number 404700-1, at bank branch (agência) 3382-0.

The Unicef campaign is being run jointly with the UN Development Program. Money raised will be used in emergency action projects in disaster areas for the prevention and treatment of health problems among the victims.


Besides emergency medical equipment, Unicef agents will use the money to furnish potable water, along with oral rehydration and anti-diarrhea formulas.


“The response has been overwhelming. Many Brazilians say they want to help. Unicef is ready to turn this demonstration of solidarity into action that will benefit children and families that have become the victims of this tragedy,” said Marie-Pierre Poirier, the Unicef representative in Brazil.


Poirier explained that as Unicef cannot pay for the transportation of donations such as clothing, blankets, water and other things, people wishing to make such donations should contact the embassies of countries affected by the tsunamis.


Water and Medicine
 
Brazil has sent a second shipment of donations to the countries affected by December 26’s tidal wave.


According to information furnished by the Cabinet of Institutional Security of the Presidency of the Republic, a Varig plane was scheduled to fly, December 3, to Sri Lanka, the second hardest-hit country by the disaster.


The cargo contained 29 tons of drinking water, 28 tons of medications donated by the Ministry of Health, and three tons of food received by the Sri Lanka Embassy in Brasí­lia.


The shipment will be turned over to the coordination of the United Nations, in charge of the distribution of donations. Petrobrás – the Brazilian Petroleum Enterprise – will provide the fuel for the flight.


The first shipment of donations was sent last Thursday (30), with a cargo of eight tons of food and eight tons of medications. A third shipment is set for January 8, in a Brazilian Air Force plane with capacity to transport 16 tons.


Agência Brasil

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