DHL provides logistical support and extends humanitarian aid to tsunami-hit countriesBonn/Singapore, 01/04/2005, 10:30 AM CET
Since the tsunami waves hit Asia more than a week ago, DHL has been responding to calls from governments, local authorities of the affected countries, and international aid agencies in providing assistance in the deliveries of relief supplies and in extending humanitarian aid.
To date, the business entities of DHL including Express, Danzas Air & Ocean and Solutions combined have raised and contributed more than euro 350,000 in relief activities including flight charters, monetary donations, and contributions in-kind to the tsunami disaster; and about 41 DHL offices across the region are directly involved in relief efforts.
One of the most significant relief activities that DHL has embarked on is the flight charters that it has committed in response to requests by governments in affected countries, and international aid agencies to help in the uplift of relief supplies. To date, it has chartered 7 flights, via a mix of DHL aircraft and commercial uplift, to deliver more than 126 tonnes of relief supplies to tsunami-affected areas in the region. Specifically, there were five chartered flights that departed from Bangkok to Phuket, one chartered flight to Colombo from Singapore and another to the Andamans from India.
As official government organizations start to deploy into the affected areas, the need for private companies such as DHL to organize flights and direct aid will diminish, and be supplanted by a continuing need for financial contributions. DHL employees all over the world and in particular from Asia Pacific have also demonstrated their concern and generosity by contributing more than euro 42,000. This amount is expected to increase as employees return from their holidays. DHL as a company has committed to match, dollar for dollar, all contributions from staff.
Other relief activities that DHL has undertaken so far include:
Scott Price, Chief Executive Officer, DHL Express Asia Pacific said, "Our thoughts are with the families and loved ones of the victims of this unfortunate tragedy. We will continue to do what we can by harnessing our logistical expertise, presence and network to assist governments and international aid agencies in their humanitarian relief efforts in this time of need."