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Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on the earthquake in Indonesia

NEW YORK, 27 May 2006 - "We are saddened to hear of the devastating earthquake in Indonesia and express our heartfelt condolences to all those who have suffered injury or loss. So often in natural disasters children and the elderly suffer disproportionately because they are least able to react quickly."

"UNICEF is mobilizing resources to assist those who have been injured, those in need of shelter, and children who have lost family members.  We have re-located staff to the earthquake zone and we are sending thousands of tents, tarpaulins, and lanterns, as well as water supply equipment. More supplies will follow, including medical supplies for the injured."

For further information please contact:

Jehane Sedky-Lavandero, UNICEF Media, 1 212 326-7261, e-mail: jsedky@unicef.org
John Budd, UNICEF Indonesia, Tel:  +62811936437
Kendartanti Subroto UNICEF Indonesia, Tel. + 62 21 570 5816 ext 251 or 215 e-mail: ksubroto@unicef.org 













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