nations pledge aid after asia

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    UPDATE 1-FACTBOX-Nations pledge aid after Asia tsunami disaster
    05:51, Thursday, 30 December 2004

    (Updates with more contribs)

    LONDON, Dec 29 (Reuters) - The United Nations mobilised what
    it called the biggest relief operation in its history following
    Sunday's giant wave which killed tens of thousands of people.

    The following is a list of contributions pledged, compiled
    from reports by Reuters bureaux and U.N. agencies.

    AUSTRALIA: Increased aid to $27 million and said it, the
    United States, Japan and India were considering setting up a
    group to coordinate help. Also sent five air force transport
    planes with supplies and medical specialists to Sumatra, and two
    15-member emergency medical teams and 12 police to Phuket.

    AUSTRIA: 1 million euros ($1.4 million) in aid to the
    countries hit.

    BELGIUM: Military plane due to stop at Dubai to load most of
    its cargo -- UNICEF aid such as tents, vaccines.

    BRITAIN: Pledged 15 million pounds ($28.9 million); plastic
    sheets and tents worth 250,000 pounds to Sri Lanka; 370,000
    pounds to EU aid offer, $100,000 to World Health Organisation.

    CANADA: C$4 million ($3.3 million); Blankets, water tablets,
    jerrycans and plastic sheeting sent to Sri Lanka.

    CHINA: 21.6 million yuan ($2.6 million) of aid to India,
    Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Maldives.

    CZECH REPUBLIC: Sent drinking water and medicine to Sri
    Lanka and Thailand; pledged 10 million crowns ($446,000).

    DENMARK: Increased aid pledge to 85 million Danish crowns
    ($15.6 million) after spending almost all initial 10 million
    crowns pledged. Aid to cover -- medical supplies, food, water,
    shelter, reconstruction.

    UNICEF flight from Copenhagen taking supplies to the area,
    including oral rehydration salts and medical supplies for
    150,000 people for three months.

    EGYPT: Egyptian Red Crescent Society sending a plane with
    500,000 Egyptian pounds ($81,000) worth of medicine and other
    aid as initial step.

    EUROPEAN UNION: Ready to release up to 30 million euros on
    top of 3 million euros already allocated to IFRC.

    FINLAND: Pledged 2.5 million euros spread among World Food
    Programme, UNICEF, WHO and IFRC. Local aid groups give 75,000
    euros. Finnish Red Cross send field hospital with 15 staff to
    Sri Lanka and 31 aid workers to Thailand.

    FRANCE: 15 million euros pledged to affected states in
    Southeast Asia. French authorities and aid groups decide to send
    110 tonnes of aid.

    GERMANY: Doubling emergency aid to 2 million euros. Air
    force medical evacuation plane to set off for Phuket, two more
    planes chartered to take disaster relief teams, medicine and
    consular officials there. Germany's largest utility E.ON donates
    1 million euros.

    GREECE: Sending C-130 transport aircraft carrying 25 rescue
    workers to Phuket on Thursday to help with rescue operations.

    Sent plane to Sri Lanka with five tonnes of food and
    clothes; offered 150,000 euros in aid.

    ISRAEL: Sent one medical team to Sri Lanka, one to Thailand.
    Military search and rescue team due in Sri Lanka, held up by
    coordination problems.

    ITALY: Will send 2 Hercules aircraft, one to Sri Lanka, one
    to Thailand.

    JAPAN: Pledged $30 million in aid, sent three navy vessels
    to Thailand to help rescue survivors.

    KUWAIT: Pledged aid supplies worth $2 million, sent $100,000
    immediate aid.

    NETHERLANDS: Contributing 2 million euros to Red Cross-Red
    Crescent appeal, plus participating in EU aid programme.

    NORWAY: Preliminary contribution of 50 million Norwegian
    crowns ($8.2 million) for emergency relief, including medicine,
    food, clean water and shelter.

    POLAND: Earmarked 1 million zlotys ($336,000) for Polish
    NGOs involved in relief.

    QATAR - Sent urgent relief aid worth $10 million.

    SAUDI ARABIA: Pledged $10 million aid package -- $5 million
    of food, tents and medicine to be distributed via Saudi Red
    Crescent, $5 million for international aid groups such as the
    Red Cross and U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.

    SINGAPORE: Contributing some $1.2 million to global effort,
    military medical teams and supplies ready to fly to Indonesia.

    SLOVAKIA: Sent plane with drinking water, tents and medicine
    to Sri Lanka; aid worth 6.6 million Slovak crowns ($231,660).

    SLOVENIA: Donating 20 million tolars ($113,500) of aid
    through International Red Cross and Crescent.

    SOUTH KOREA: Raises aid to $2 million, may send military
    cargo plane to move aid workers and supplies.

    SPAIN: Sent aircraft to Sri Lanka with first aid, sanitary
    equipment and 19 volunteers, promised 50 million euros.

    SWEDEN: Sent 2 communications specialists to help U.N.
    relief efforts in Sri Lanka. Sending tents and communication
    equipment to Maldives. Swedish Red Cross to contribute $750,000
    to IFRC appeal.

    SWITZERLAND: Has allotted 2 million Swiss francs in aid on
    six teams to bring in drinking water, food and shelter supplies.

    TAIWAN: Pledged additional $5 million after giving $100,000
    to Indonesia, $50,000 each to Thailand, India and Sri Lanka.
    Sends more than 100 relief workers.

    UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: Pledged $2 million in aid; its Red
    Crescent society to provide food, blankets and clothing.

    UNITED STATES: Pledged initial $35 million. Pentagon ordered
    12 vessels to region, though no decision taken on their role.

    INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE OF THE RED CROSS: Cargo plane flying
    from Kenya to Sri Lanka carrying 105 tonnes of supplies, provide
    aid to 150,000 people in north and east. Trying to raise more
    than 50 million Swiss francs ($44 million).

    INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE RED CROSS AND RED CRESCENT:
    has dispensed initial one million Swiss franc grant for relief
    efforts and launched appeal for 7.5 million francs.

    IMF: Intends to provide assistance, no specific pledges.

    UNHCR: Initially distributing $380,000 of non-food relief
    items, including plastic sheeting, clothing, kitchen sets.

    UNICEF: Delivered 50 water tanks to southern India, 45-tonne
    shipment of water purification tablets and water systems due to
    reach Sri Lanka on Thursday. WHO and UNICEF said they were
    providing four emergency kits to Indonesia to cover 40,000
    people for three months, providing shelter, food and clothing.

    U.N. WORLD FOOD PROGRAMME: Sends 168 tonnes of commodities
    to Sri Lanka, plus more than 4,000 tonnes of rice, wheatflour,
    lentils and sugar, enough to provide 500,000 people with
    emergency rations for two weeks.

    U.N. DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME: Provided $100,000 each to Sri
    Lanka, India, Indonesia, the Maldives and Thailand to help
    assess damage and coordinate emergency needs.

    U.N. POPULATION FUND: Earmarked up to $1 million and extra
    staff to help health needs of pregnant and nursing women.

    (For more news about emergency relief visit Reuters AlertNet
    www.alertnet.org email: [email protected]; +44 207 542 2432)
    (([email protected]; tel: +65 6870 3852,
    Additional writing by London Editorial Reference Unit))

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