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Saturday, 8 October, 2005

Czech rescuers prepared to help Asia hit by earthquake

Czech rescuers are prepared to go to the south Asian regions badly hit by an earthquake today, spokesman of the Czech Fire and Rescue Corps Petr Kopacek and spokesman for the Hand for Help humanitarian organisation Jana Eichlerova said.

The rescuers are only waiting for an official request from local authorities. The firefighters are able to prepare their rescuer team within 24 hours and rescuers from Hand for Help are also capable of leaving for the region at the same time, they said, adding that money-raising campaigns have been launched already.

"We don't know yet what the Pakistani government requests and what it will need. We don't know whether they want foodstuffs or a special team," Kopacek said. He said that the rescuer and reconnaissance team which also includes dog-handlers, could be prepared to leave within 12 or 24 hours. Hand for Help, which organised help in Southeastern Asia which was hit by a devastating tsunami last year, is also waiting for an official request from Pakistani authorities.

Director of the Czech ADRA Jan Barta said that his organisation was collecting the first information and would organise a money collection if need be. Czech Catholic Charity is also prepared to start a collection on the Internet, its spokesman Jan Oulik said.

Source: CTK
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