December 27, 2004: CMAT reported today that it is launching emergency relief operations for Sri Lanka, the hardest hit country in the recent 8.9 magnitude quake that rocked 9 Asian countries on December 26. The death toll is 23,000 and climbing.
CMAT has 3,000 lbs of food, 2,500 lbs of medical supplies, and $5,000 CAD cash immediately available but is appealing to the public for additional funds. Time is of the essence. CMAT is working with the Canadian government for funding as well as to have the collected items airlifted to the devastated areas by the military.
CMAT is particularly concerned about this situation as one of the orphanages it supports (The Sirumalar Home for Children) is located in Tamil Nadu, India, one of the Tsunami-affected areas. CMAT is unaware of the fate of its 120 children.