Voluntary Sector: DEC lobbies UN for earthquake relief

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) has called this week's earthquake in Indonesia - one of the regions worst hit by the December tsunami - 'a reminder to the UN that pledges need to be fulfilled'.

The organisation is emphasising that long-term support for the region is essential, so that rebuilding and reconstruction can take place in a way that ensures residents are better able to deal with such disasters in the future.

The charity is also emphasising that the generosity of the British public has left the country better prepared than three months ago.

'It is another tragedy and people are suffering deep trauma - but the aid agencies are out there, thanks to the British public's generosity, and rapid action can be taken,' said DEC chief press officer Richard Bunting.

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