ARLINGTON, Va., Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The Center for International
Disaster Information (CIDI) is urging all those who wish to help to donate
cash, as an alternative to gifts-in-kind and other commodities, to provide
immediate and effective assistance to victims of the October 8 earthquake that
was felt across northern Pakistan, as well as parts of India and Afghanistan.
The earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter Scale has claimed an estimated
30,000 lives to date, and left millions of people without electricity, food,
clean water and shelter.
"This is a terrible tragedy, sadly reminiscent of the tsunami that hit
Southeast Asia last December," said Suzanne Brooks, director of the Center for
International Disaster Information (CIDI) in Arlington, VA. "In the days and
months to come, it will be critical for relief workers to have the resources
they need to respond quickly and effectively to victims' needs. While gifts-
in-kind are appreciated, the fastest and best way to provide this assistance
is through cash donations."
Individuals and organizations interested in making contributions to help
the victims of the South Asian earthquake can get more information by
accessing 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.bbb.com and
http://www.give.org to get valuable information on making informed decisions
when supporting charities.
Since its inception in 1988, CIDI has worked with individuals, groups,
embassies and corporations to provide information and guidance in support of
appropriate international disaster relief. CIDI works with a variety of
partners to channel the public's energy and desire to help 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, log on to CIDI's Web site at
http://www.cidi.org, or call the Media Hotline at 703-276-2942.
SOURCE Center for International Disaster Information