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H.11

Introduced by   Representative Brooks of Montpelier

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Appropriation; emergency relief; tsunami victims

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to appropriate the sum of $50,000.00 from the general fund to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies for purposes of emergency relief assistance on behalf of the December 2004 Asian earthquake and tsunami victims.

AN ACT RELATING TO AN APPROPRIATION TO THE INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF RED CROSS AND RED CRESCENT SOCIETIES

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

(a)  On December 26, 2004, an earthquake registering 9.0 on the Richter scale, the strongest anywhere in 40 years, struck deep beneath the Indian Ocean floor off the coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra.  The earthquake and the resulting gigantic tsunami waves which traversed the Indian Ocean at approximately 500 miles per hour and struck coastal communities with no advance warning in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, the Maldives, Myanmar, the Seychelles, Somalia, Sri Lanka, and Thailand killed in excess of 150,000 individuals, left millions of persons homeless or without any source of income, and caused billions of dollars in property damage. 

(b)  There is now an urgent need for medicine, food, and other vital supplies and services in order to limit the spread of deadly diseases in the wake of the destruction of fresh water supplies and sanitation facilities, to provide nourishment and shelter to the survivors, and to begin the slow and difficult process of reconstructing the innumerable coastal communities in Asia and Africa that were destroyed in this unparalleled natural disaster.

(c)  Nations around the world, including the United States, have pledged funds to assist the victims and communities of this natural disaster.  It is only fitting that the state of Vermont financially assists, to the extent it is able, the persons and communities that this tragedy has devastated.

Sec. 2.  APPROPRIATION TO THE INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF

             RED CROSS AND RED CRESCENT SOCIETIES

The sum of $50,000.00 is appropriated from the general fund to the agency of administration for distribution, as soon as possible, to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Geneva, Switzerland for the purpose of emergency relief assistance on behalf of the victims of the December 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami.   



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