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Canadian officials have started getting ready to send whatever type of aid the United States requires to help with the aftermath of hurricane Katrina, Deputy Prime Minister Anne McLellan said Wednesday.
"We want to reassure the president and the people of the United States that we are their best friends and their neighbour, and we will be there to help them in a situation that truly is without parallel in our country or theirs," said McLellan.
American officials are still assessing their needs, but in coming days Canada will be prepared to send everything from water purification systems to the Canadian military's Disaster Assistance Response Team.
Venezuela's government, which has had tense relations with Washington, offered humanitarian aid and fuel if requested.
Islamic extremists rejoiced in America's misfortune, giving the storm a military rank and declaring in Internet chatter that ``Private'' Katrina had joined the global jihad, or holy war. With ``God's help,'' they declared, oil prices would hit $100 a barrel this year.
MTV, VH1, and CMT said Wednesday they will simulcast a live performance special to raise funds for an ongoing Hurricane Katrina relief campaign.
The special, scheduled to air Saturday, Sept. 10, will raise funds for the American Red Cross and other relief organizations. MTV Networks head Judy McGrath said the campaign is also intended to promote volunteerism among the MTV, VH1 and CMT audiences.
The New York Yankees and the NFL were among members of the sports community to assist victims of Hurricane Katrina, each donating $1 million to the American Red Cross.
Pharmaceutical companies rounded up much-needed medicine, water suppliers loaded trucks with thirst-quenching cargo and companies from petroleum giants to beer makers pitched in millions in cash and products Wednesday to help communities battered by Hurricane Katrina.