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Red Cross among Inishowen flood victims 28.08.17

A HUMANITARIAN agency that helps people in crisis was itself the victim of this week’s devastating flash floods in Donegal.
The Irish Red Cross has been left without an operations centre in Inishowen after its local headquarters and equipment was destroyed by flash flooding that swept through the border village of Muff on Tuesday evening.
The small roadside building was left under almost five feet of water while thousands of euro worth of life-saving equipment was also saturated.
A clean-up operation is underway in a bid to salvage some of the charity's much-needed belongings.
“Our operations centre is totally destroyed and everything is gone. Over four-and-a-half foot of water damaged everything inside," said Irish Red Cross director of units Martin McKinney.
"The floods have damaged many homes and in some cases people have lost everything," he added.
Despite their own ordeal, Donegal Red Cross volunteers have been out assisting families devastated by the 'once-in-a-century' weather event.
The charity also urged people in need to contact any local volunteer for emergency assistance.
Meanwhile, Irish Red Cross national headquarters appealed for donations from the public to help people affected by the floods. Donations can be made at www.redcross.ie/donate or on 1850 50 70 70.
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