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Govt. sets aside $50,000 for Japan relief

Government yesterday promised to match up to $50,000 in donations to the Bermuda Red Cross Japan Quake/Tsunami Disaster Fund.

Northern Japan was struck by the strongest earthquake in the nation's recorded history last Friday. That event was followed by a catastrophic tsunami.

The disaster also damaged several of the country's nuclear facilities, causing workers to battle for days in an effort to prevent a nuclear meltdown.

Almost 13,000 people have been confirmed dead or missing estimates suggest that number will rise dramatically in the coming days.

Almost half a million survivors are now living in temporary shelters.

In a statement yesterday, Premier Paula Cox said: “No-one in Bermuda can be unmoved by the tragic events that have taken place in Japan.

“We have seen media reports with pictures showing a landscape of destruction, a distraught nation. “The islands of Japan are a valued partner of Bermuda, but more important, the people of Japan are part of the human family.

“We are prepared to support them in ways that we can.”

A Government spokeswoman encouraged the public to donate to the Red Cross fund. Accounts have been set up at both Butterfield Bank and HSBC.

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Published March 17, 2011 at 10:09 am (Updated March 17, 2011 at 10:08 am)

Govt. sets aside $50,000 for Japan relief

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