World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

Kiwi Red Cross Workers Lead Enormous Indian Relief

Kiwi Red Cross Workers Lead Enormous Indian Relief Operation

Two New Zealanders are leading the Red Cross relief effort in India following the countries devastating earthquake that has killed thousands of people and left thousands more homeless.

Bob McKerrow of Hokitika, is Head of the South Asian Regional Delegation for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Cross Societies, and is leading the overall Red Cross relief operation in India. He says, the Red Cross is gearing up for an ¡§enormous¡¨ operation to help victims of the earthquake, which struck on Friday.

He is joined by fellow New Zealander, Alan Bradbury of Auckland, who is co-ordinating field operations from the earthquake-effected city of Ahmadabad.

Mr McKerrow said today that the relief operation will be huge. ¡§The Indian Red Cross has already flown blankets, tents and medical supplies into the affected area, and the International Federation is now receiving Red Cross teams and assistance from all corners of the world.¡¨

He said that relief delegates, surgeons and medical teams were arriving as part of the International Federation¡¦s response to the massive earthquake.

¡§Our major focus at the moment is to meet the most urgent needs, and to get specialist staff into the field as quickly and effectively as possible. It is going to be an enormous operation.¡¨

The International Federation is providing clothes, blankets, basic medical supplies, shelter and construction materials and provision of clean water and sanitation facilities.

New Zealanders can call 0900-33 200 to make an automatic $20 donation,
or post a donation to:
Freepost Red Cross, PO Box 12-140, Wellington.

For further information, please contact:
„h Andrew McKie, Operations Manager, New Zealand Red Cross. Ph: 04 472 3750 (office) or 025 230 1983 (mobile)
„h Patrick Fuller, Regional Information Delegate, Geneva. Ph: +91 981 009 9794 (mobile)

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Rohingya Muslims Massacred: Restrictions On Aid Put 1000s At Risk

Amnesty: The Myanmar authorities’ restrictions on international aid in Rakhine state is putting tens of thousands of lives at risk in a region where mainly Rohingya people are already suffering horrific abuses from a disproportionate military campaign. More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf: Gordon Campbell On North Korea, Neo-Nazism, And Milo

With a bit of luck the planet won’t be devastated by nuclear war in the next few days. US President Donald Trump will have begun to fixate on some other way to gratify his self-esteem – maybe by invading Venezuela or starting a war with Iran. More>>

ALSO:

Victory Declared: New Stabilisation Funding From NZ As Mosul Is Retaken

New Zealand has congratulated the Iraqi government on the successful liberation of Mosul from ISIS after a long and hard-fought campaign. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Current US Moves Against North Korea

If Martians visited early last week, they’d probably be scratching their heads as to why North Korea was being treated as a potential trigger for global conflict... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Lessons From Corbyn’s Campaign

Leaving partisan politics aside – and ignoring Jeremy Corbyn’s sensational election campaign for a moment – it has to be said that Britain is now really up shit creek... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 
  • Pacific.Scoop
  • Cafe Pacific
  • PMC