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Red Cross receives £850,000 to support Hurricane Sandy response in Cuba

21 November 2012

The Department for International Development (DFID) announced today (21 November 2012) that it is providing £850,000 to support people in Cuba devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

Through the British Red Cross, the vital aid will go to the Cuban Red Cross whose 3,500 volunteers are providing food, shelter and support to people in need.

Barry Armstrong, British Red Cross disaster response manager, said: “This funding is vital to support tens of thousands of people in Cuba who have been impacted by the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy.

“Many families lost everything – their houses, their belongings, their livelihoods.”

Meeting urgent needs

The DFID funds will help meet urgent needs, making a significant contribution towards the Red Cross’ work in Cuba, which includes:

•         providing shelter for 15,000 families
•         giving 10,000 families access to safe water
•         providing essential household items (cooking utensils, blankets, clothing) for 10,000 families.

The British Red Cross has already sent 2,000 hygiene parcels and essential household items to Cuba, as part of nearly £50,000 worth of support.

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Read an interview with the director general of the Cuban Red Cross