Millions roll in for quake victims

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Norwegians have once again opened their wallets for victims of disaster, this time following the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan last week.

Aid agencies like the Norwegian chapters of the Red Cross and Save the Children report millions rolling in from donors, even though none of the organizations has been asked for help by Japanese officials themselves.

“We know that people in Norway are concerned about what’s happening there (in Japan) and that many want to help,” Atle Sommerfeldt, secretary general of Norwegian Church Aid (Kirkens Nødhjelp), told newspaper Dagsavisen. “Therefore we’re giving them the possibility to do that.”

Around NOK 5 million (USD 900,000) had been collected my mid-week and most of the major organizations like the Red Cross had set up earmarked accounts for relief efforts in Japan.

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