DEC launches first appeal since Gaza

Humanitarian aid organisation has 'no problems' getting broadcasters to screen its appeal for victims of typhoon and earthquake

The Disasters Emergency Committee will launch a television appeal today for the victims of last week's natural disasters in east Asia.

The DEC, which is made up of 13 aid agencies, will broadcast adverts on ITV and the BBC. It is the organisation's first appeal since the BBC refused to screen its Gaza crisis appeal in January.

Millions of people have been affected by the destruction and flooding caused by typhoon Ketsana, which hit the Philippines on 26 September and swept through Vietnam three days later.

More than 1,000 people are feared dead and 20,000 injured in Sumatra after an earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale struck Indonesia on 30 September, followed by a severe aftershock a day later.

A spokeswoman for the DEC said there had been no problems getting this appeal on air. She added that the organisation was "relying on the generosity of the general public" to help the three areas.


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