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Originally posted by Simulacra
2005 as been a horrific year for humanity.
— AUSTRALIA: $8 million to American Red Cross.
AUSTRALIA will donate $500,000 for medical and relief assistance following the massive earthquake which shook parts of Pakistan, India and Afghanistan, killing more than 18,000 people.
Originally posted by Mayet
Speechless and disgusted here.
and damned ashamed of my country.
WORLD leaders expressed shock and sadness over the quake that devastated parts of South Asia on the weekend as the true scope of the disaster unfolded with more than 20,000 deaths being reported overnight.
Pope Benedict XVI said on Sunday he was "deeply saddened" by the quake, which also injured more than 42,000 and left tens of thousands more homeless.
US President George W. Bush expressed his condolences to Pakistan and said the United States was ready "to help in any way we can".
Speaking to reporters in Washington after a meeting with Pakistani diplomats who briefed him on the damage caused by the quake, Mr Bush said he had spoken to Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf and expressed "our nation's deepest condolences".
"I told him that we want to help in any way we can," Mr Bush said.
The US president said eight helicopters were being dispatched to Pakistan as a first step, after a specific request for the versatile aircraft, which can get supplies and rescue teams to remote areas.
Pakistan's Interior Minister Aftab Sherpao told a news conference at least 19,136 people were already confirmed dead and 42,397 had been hurt, but that "casualties are increasing by the hour".
The global outpouring of sympathy has been matched by aid pledges, with European Union first to respond by earmarking up to $US3.6 million for the rescue effort.
The World Bank has offered $US20 million to Pakistan to help deal with the "enormous scale" of the tragedy, while the Asian Development Bank pledged $US10 million in immediate aid and assistance.
Originally posted by Souljah
Where are all that are Willing to Help?
Suddenly everything went Quiet...