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Red Cross Response in China, Myanmar

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HONOLULU (KHNL) --  The American Red Cross has been in touch with the The Red Cross Society of China and other organizations to provide help including relief supplies, delegates or financial assistance to survivors of the earthquake in China.

Immediately after the earthquake, the RCSC mobilized its staff and volunteers and began distributing food, water and tents to the people in the affected area.

The Red Cross is also in contact with the Myanmar Red Cross and the International Federation to bring in additional supplies such as tarps, hygience kits and insecticide-treated bed nets.  On May 11, a U.S. airplane touched down in Yangon with food, water and relief items.

Red Cross officials say unsolicited donations of goods and services from individuals and community groups have hidden costs and pose a number of complications for relief efforts.  For these reasons, the American Red Cross is not able to accept any collections of items such as used clothing, hygiene items, furniture, toys and canned goods.

The American Red Cross does not have plans to deploy personnel to the disaster sites at this time, instead, ARC officials will monitor the situation, assess the needs of survivors and stand prepared to offer additional assistance.


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