Aid pledges rise; Japan promises 500,000,000 USD
Saturday, January 1, 2005
In an abrupt about-face, the world's wealthiest nations have begun pouring funding into the Earthquake/Tsunami damaged region. Promised funds have doubled in the past 24 hours, to nearly 2 Billion U.S. dollars (USD).
After the U.S. increased it's funding donation to 350 million USD, Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi announced a half-billion dollar donation on Saturday, Jan. 1. China has promised 60.5 million USD, after Japan and the U.S., the United Kingdom and Sweden for largest single-nation donation. Norway increased it's funding donation to 180 million USD
U.N. warns of delays
Despite the encouraging promises, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Indonesia chief, Michael Elmquist, warned that logistics of securing the funds, purchasing supplies and shipping them to stricken regions will take time, possibly weeks. In the meantime, the confirmed death toll will continue to climb, as may deaths due to dehydration, disease, and starvation.
- Tomi Soetjipto and Dean Yates. "Aid Pledges Rise for Tsunami Disaster, Disease Lurks" — , Sat, Jan 01, 2005
- Chris Brummitt, Associated Press Writer. "Sri Lanka Floods Force Mass Evacuations" — , Sat, Jan 01, 2005
- AFP Staff. "Tsunami aid tops 1.6 billion dollars but survivors still waiting" — , Sat Jan 1, 1:14 PM ET
- Aftenposten. "Aid keeps pouring in in Norway" — , Mon Jan 3
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