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Indian Ocean Tsunami - Donation info, &c  

Who to call and how to help 2004/12/29/1103996616211.html
December 30, 2004

Foreign Affairs help lines
The Department of Foreign Affairs has two toll-free help lines. The first is for people concerned about relatives or friends in tsunami-affected areas: 1800 002 214. The second is for Australians in disaster zones who need help from embassy staff: +61 1300 555 135 or 6261 3305.

Travel advisories
From the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (I've cut a lot - check yourself for advisories)
Thailand: ... A temporary consulate has been established at the Hilton Hotel, Phuket to assist Australians in the surrounding islands and can be contacted on +66 76 370 672 or Phuket Airport is operating and travellers are encouraged to leave by commercial flights. A Department of Immigration and Indigenous Affairs officer will be at Phuket Airport to provide travel documents to Australians who have lost their passports...
Maldives: A British team has set up an emergency consulate at the Iskander school in Male. An Australian official will join these consuls for any Australians in the Maldives who require assistance...

More information and updated advice from the department at

PLAN: Vist or call 1800 038 100.
CARE Australia: 1800 020 046 or
Australian Red Cross: Call 1800 811 700, visit or post a cheque to GPO Box 9949 in capital cities.
Oxfam: 1800 034 034 or
Medecins Sans Frontieres
UNICEF: 1300 884 233, 1300 732 240 or
World Vision: 13 32 40 or
Baptist World Aid Australia: Call 1300 789 991, by mail to Baptist World Aid Australia, Locked Bag 122, Frenchs Forest NSW 2086, or
Caritas Australia: 1800 024 413 or

Some banks are also allowing donations to be made to various charities at their branches.

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