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Ambassador presents check for Five million Dollars to American Red Cross

Washington, DC
September 8, 2005 

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Ambassador Ronen Sen today handed over a check for five million dollars to Marsha Evans, President and CEO of the American Red Cross for relief activities in areas of the southern United States affected by Hurricane Katrina. Ambassador Sen said that this was "a token of the sympathy, support and solidarity" of the Government and people of India for the people affected by this terrible calamity. 

Officials of the American Red Cross said that India was one of the first countries to follow up its commitment of assistance. 

India had also offered large water purifications systems for household and community level operations, essential medicines, and a self-sustaining, self-supporting medical team as well as divers and salvage experts.  All these personnel were experienced in handling such situations. 

Over the last few days India has also had two aircraft, which are ready to take off at short notice, loaded with over 50 tons of initial supplies, which had been indicated as priority requirements by US authorities. These aircraft will take off from Delhi immediately on receiving the green signal from the US authorities.