OPEC Fund assists relief efforts in Southeast Asia with US$1.2 million in emergency aid



December 29, 2004
Vienna, Austria
The OPEC Fund for International Development today approved a humanitarian grant of US$1.2 million to aid relief efforts in Southeast Asia following the massive undersea earthquake that struck the region on December 26.
Measuring 9.0 on the Richter scale, the quake triggered giant tsunamis that obliterated villages and seaside resorts in several countries, claiming tens of thousands of lives and leaving many more injured. An estimated one million people have been made homeless.
In the wake of the disaster, widely regarded as the largest humanitarian crisis in living memory, concerns are growing over the risk of disease that could see the death toll double.
An intense international relief effort is underway to deliver urgent assistance to the affected countries, which are struggling to deal with the unprecedented scale of the disaster.
Resources from the Fund's grant will be divided among the worst affected countries: India, Indonesia, the Maldives, Sri Lanka and Thailand. Channeled through the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the proceeds will be used to procure essential relief supplies and support emergency operations.