ARLINGTON, Va., May 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI) is urging all those who wish to help Indonesians affected by the May 27 earthquake to donate cash, as an alternative to gifts- in-kind and other commodities, in order to provide immediate and effective assistance. The 6.3-magnitude earthquake on Java has claimed an estimated 5,000 lives to date and left approximately 200,000 people homeless. "This is a devastating tragedy for the people of Indonesia and their fourth destructive quake in the last 18 months," said Suzanne Brooks, director of the Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI) in Arlington, Virginia. "Many of the victims were still in the process of rebuilding their lives from previous disasters when this earthquake occurred. Now they truly need help to recover. It is critical that relief workers have the resources they need to respond quickly and effectively to victims' needs. The fastest and best way to provide assistance is through cash donations." Individuals and organizations interested in making contributions to help the victims of the Indonesian earthquake can get more information by visiting CIDI's web site at http://www.cidi.org. In addition, interested donors can visit http://www.interaction.org to obtain a list of credible responding agencies for international emergencies and http://www.give.org for valuable information on making informed decisions when supporting charities. About CIDI CIDI is based in Arlington, VA, and was created in 1988. CIDI provides individuals, groups, embassies and corporations with information and guidance in support of appropriate international disaster relief efforts. The organization works with a variety of partners to channel the public's energy and desire to help to achieve maximum impact. By reaching out to the American public and the private sector, CIDI helps to promote activities and donations that will do the most good for disaster victims around the world. For more information about CIDI and helping international victims, please visit http://www.cidi.org or call 703-276-2942.
SOURCE Center for International Disaster Information