Tsunami funds to aid relief on Nias

Money raised through the tsunami appeal will be used by aid agencies to provide relief following last week's Indonesian earthquake, the Disasters Emergency Committee has said.

A DEC spokesman said the decision to use the money was taken because of the related nature of the latest emergency. "We think people who gave to the first tsunami appeal will be sympathetic," he said.

Oxfam has already sent an assessment team to Nias island, one of the worst-affected areas. DEC agencies including World Vision, Merlin and CAFOD have also been involved in responding to the latest earthquake.

They will be able to claim back the cost of their relief work from the tsunami appeal fund.

"Thanks to the amazing generosity of the British public, almost all of the DEC member agencies are already in Indonesia," said DEC chief executive Brendan Gormley.

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