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Italy: Update Abruzzo emergency 10 Apr 2009

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  • 2 PLAYROOMS FOR THE CHILDREN

- THE ITALIAN RED CROSS CAMPS ARE NOW 5 WITH 4500 BEDS

- 600 VOLUNTEERS AND OPERATORS, 22.000 MEALS A DAY PROVIDED

The Ministry for Equal Opportunities, Happy Family non-profit organization has given the Italian Red Cross the management of the two playrooms with a capacity for 100 children which will be opened this afternoon in L'Aquila in the Red Cross camp of Coppito. Inside tables, chairs, footballs, toys, blackboards and games. In the past days volunteers and operators of the Red Cross have been surrounded by the children who are living in the tents. The Italian Red Cross will be setting up more playrooms in the following days.

The SEP teams for psychological support are active and at present close to the families hit by the tragedy. To date 10 volunteer psychologists and 10 volunteers providing psychosocial support have been active.

Four Advanced Medical Posts of the Red Cross are operational (II=B0 level A.M.P., teams of volunteer doctors and nurses for medical aid and assistance) and 2 triage tents for primary First Aid screening.

The Italian Red Cross is running a total of 5 camps in the areas hit by the earthquake; two in Assergi, one in San Gregorio and in Collemaggio. The beds available are now about 4500. A fifth camp is used to accommodate ItRC staff active in the disaster zone.

More than 600 volunteers and operators of the Italian Red Cross are working in the areas hit by the earthquake.

There are now 5 soup kitchens run by the Italian Red Cross, providing a total of 22.000 meals a day. The first, in L'Aquila provides 7000 meals a day working with 20 ItRC humanitarian operators and another 50 ItRC volunteers. The second, in San Gregorio provides 3000 meals a day, the third in Collemaggio, 2000 meals a day and the forth in Centicolella, 6000 meals a day. The fifth soup kitchen (4000 meals) will be operational in the area of Fintec, has arrived with a convoy from Verona together with a base camp for 300 operators, bulldozers and a four wheel drive ambulance.

More than 30 ambulances are operational. 10.000 blankets have been distributed.

Aid offered by the Swiss Red Cross has arrived: 200 tents with a 1000 bed capacity and additional 2000 blankets.

For information

Communications Department Italian Red Cross: +39.06.47.59.209 +39.06.47.59.283

Spokesperson for Francesco Rocca, head of the Italian Red Cross: Tommaso Della Longa +39.320.79.79.485