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Historic amounts donated

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The amount donated to the survivors of disaster in Asia beats all previous records connected to spontaneous collections.

The Norwegian people have so far donated more than NOK 150 million (USD 25 million).

The employees in the Norwegian Red Cross were surprised Thursday morning when they checked the donation account. The amount had during the past 24 hours increased with about NOK 30 million (USD 5 million) to NOK 70 million (USD 11.5 million).

Since the Red Cross started to accept donations December 26, more than 140,000 people have called their donation line, and 95,000 called Wednesday.

The generosity of the Norwegian people have not been this large since the crisis in Kosovo when the Red Cross collected NOK 110 million (USD 18.18 million) during a long period of time. If the donations continue in the same rate as now, the amount collected to the victims of the tidal wave will be the largest spontaneous collection in Norway ever. Private companies, organizations, townships, associations and private persons have made donations.

Other aid organizations have also received substantial amounts.

The organization Save the Children have not yet registered how much money it received during Wednesday, but it has so far received NOK 19 million (USD 3.14 million).

The Norwegian government has already allocated NOK 50 million (USD 8.3 million) to the rescue work in South East Asia, bringing the collected amount in Norway to NOK 150 million (USD 25 million).

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