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E-tailers appeal for Japanese earthquake/tsunami donations


Several of the world’s leading e-commerce sites are encouraging their customers to donate money to the victims of last week’s earthquake and resulting tsunami.

Global online retailers Amazon and eBay along with US based AliExpress and international online payment service Paypal have all added links to aid charities websites which are helping those affected by the ongoing humanitarian disaster.

The earthquake that hit the coast of Japan on March 11th measured 8.9 in magnitude and set off a huge tsunami which devastated large parts of the country.

With several nuclear reactors in the country now threatening to meltdown due to the devastation wrought, Amazon has agreed to collect donations on behalf of the Red Cross which is helping people in the area.

A message on the e-tailer’s UK site read: “More than 2,000 people have died in the disaster and some 2,000 are injured. The number of confirmed dead is expected to rise to around 10,000. The earthquake triggered fires and caused severe damage to buildings, leaving 1.2 million homes without electricity and 1.4 million without water.

“The Japanese Red Cross has been working on the ground since the disaster began, mobilising 85 teams, made up of more than 700 doctors, nurses and support staff, to provide first aid and healthcare and assess the damage and needs of the communities affected.

“More than 500,000 people have been evacuated and are being housed in temporary centres set up in schools and public buildings where the Red Cross is distributing thousands of blankets. The Japanese Red Cross has agreed to accept donations from the UK.”

Other companies helping with the aid operation include Google who has launched Google Person Finder, a tool which is helping individuals to locate missing people and is providing updated satellite imagery to help rescue operations.

A statement from Google read: “We’re working to provide this data directly to response organizations on the ground to aid their efforts.

“We hope this new updated satellite imagery is valuable for them as well as everyone else following this situation to help illustrate the extent of the damage.”

Published on Tuesday 15 March by Editorial Assistant

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