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American Red Cross Supports Disaster Operations Around the Globe with $1 Million in Aid

The American Red Cross has increased its support for responses to a series of disasters around the world by nearly $1 million, thanks to the generosity of its donors.

Multiple countries have been left reeling from the effects of natural disasters worldwide, including ongoing events such as the drought in Somalia and unexpected disasters such as the earthquake in Turkey,

New support this week by the American Red Cross will bring more relief to people’s suffering. From Mexico to Tanzania, and Turkey to Nicaragua, supplies and cash contributions are in route to people in need.

A total of $600,000 has been committed to the Turkish earthquake relief effort to support the ongoing operation of the Turkish Red Crescent, which is running four tent cities sheltering more than 4,800 people who lost their homes in the earthquake on October 23rd. They participated in search and rescue efforts, have delivered tens of thousands of tents and blankets and have served over 23,000 meals.

Meanwhile, the drought crisis continues in the Horn of Africa, and the American Red Cross recently committed $100,000 to the Tanzania Red Cross efforts to relieve suffering caused by the ongoing drought. This brings the total American Red Cross commitment to the Horn of Africa crisis to $2.9 million. The Tanzania Red Cross will use the money to support 20,000 families with agricultural tools and assistance, food supplies and cash grants.

Unprecedented rains have fallen during the past two months in Mexico, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Honduras, causing extensive flooding and the Red Cross was there to help.

The Mexican Red Cross mobilized more than 1,500 volunteers to provide evacuation support and medical assistance, as well as distributing food and relief supplies to those in need. In response, the American Red Cross has committed $270,000 to the Mexican Red Cross relief effort and is in close contact with them as they continue to assess needs.

Nearly 700,000 people have felt the impact of devastating floods in Central America. The American Red Cross has provided $260,000 in cash and relief supplies to assist Red Cross efforts in Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador. It has also deployed three regional staff to assist the Red Cross relief efforts.

Melek Halitogullari (L) is comforted by her father as she waits for news on her brother, who is trapped under debris, after an earthquake in Ercis, near the eastern Turkish city of Van October 27, 2011. Survivors of eastern Turkey's earthquake pleaded for more tents on Thursday, fearing death from cold after a tremor that killed at least 523 and left thousands sleeping in the open.Credit: REUTERS/Umit Bektas. Courtesy. A man walks on a road that was flooded by the overflow of a river in the Ciudad Arce department of La Libertad, about 40 km (25 miles) west of San Salvador October 16, 2011. Torrential rain in Central America forced thousands to abandon their homes and trapped many In El Salvador, where twenty-seven people were killed. REUTERS / Luis Galdamez. Courtesy