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Jakarta Post

More countries pledge aid for quake victims

  • Veeramalla Anjaiah and Febriyan

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta, Bandung   /   Sat, October 3 2009   /  02:04 pm

Mother Nature has been cruel to the people of Padang, but around the world, people have generously opened their wallets and sent planeloads of food, water, medicine and equipment. Rescue workers, doctors and even dogs have been sent from abroad to help the thousands of people still buried beneath the rubble of the devastated city. The biggest help came from the European Commission, the richest regional organization in the world. "The European Commission has today provided 3 million euros *US$4.36 million* to help deal with initial humanitarian needs and to bring relief to the victims," European Commission chairman Jose Manuel Barroso said in a message sent to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Friday. Norway might be a small country, and worlds away from Indonesia, but it has donated generously for the rescue and relief efforts. "Our Minister of Environment an...