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NRI body to raise funds for Katrina victims
September 01, 2005 22:12 IST
The National Federation of Indian American Associations, an umbrella organisation of various associations representing Indian Americans, has launched a campaign to raise funds for the victims of Hurricane Katrina that has caused havoc in the Gulf states of the US.
All funds collected will be handed over to the American Red Cross and other charities, NFIAA President Rajen Anand said on Wednesday.
The NFIAA, which took the initiative to help the victims of the deadly tsunami in Asia and raised funds for the rehabilitation of the survivors in December last year, immediately launched a campaign to raise funds for the devastating hurricane victims.
"Images on television of helicopters plucking frantic survivors from rooftops, the catastrophic destruction of entire towns left in the path of powerful hurricane that has caused the loss of life of hundreds of people and made thousands homeless in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama are bound to affect every human being," Anand said.
"The hurricane Katrina's howling, lethal force has dealt an immense blow to the region and the dimensions of destruction are unfathomable."
"We cannot sit and do nothing," said Radha Krishnan, the president-elect of the NFIAA. "People have no homes left, no electricity and no drinking water. The Red Cross and other agencies helping the victims are running out of funds. We need to help these agencies."