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21 May 2008

Barrett backs Burma cyclone appeal

John Barrett, Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West has today given his backing to the Disasters Emergency Committee Burma Cyclone appeal and encouraged Edinburgh residents to give what they can to help those who are struggling to survive in Burma.

Tens of thousands have already died as a result of the cyclone with more than one and a half million people left homeless. Communities are in desperate need of basic shelter, as well as access to clean water and first aid.

John Barrett MP said:

“The situation in Burma is extremely serious.  The people there urgently need our help.  Many refugees have no shelter from the heavy rain that is continuing to devastate the community.

“Following the earthquake in China, there is a real danger that the humanitarian catastrophe in Burma is sidelined and forgotten by the public and international community.

Gerry McLaughlin, Chair of the Disasters Emergency Committee in Scotland said:

“Every single donation can make a difference. We are extremely concerned about the outbreak of disease due to torrential rain.  By donating to the Burma Cyclone Appeal, Scots can help save live”.

£25 buys mosquito nets for ten people protecting from malaria in the aftermath of the cyclone, £50 will pay for clean water and water purification tablets for one family for three months, while £100 will provide household kits for ten families, giving them basic items for survival.

Donations can be made by phone on 0870 6060 900, online at www.dec.org.uk or by post to DEC Myanmar (Burma) Cyclone Appeal, PO Box 232, Melksham, SN12 6WF

 

Notes

1. The agencies involved in the DEC in Scotland are, Concern Worldwide, Oxfam, Tearfund, Save the Children, British Red Cross, Christian Aid, Islamic Relief and Help the Aged. The other agencies involved in the DEC are CARE International UK, Merlin, CAFOD, ActionAid and World Vision.

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