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State Department of Transportation trucks load up with sand at the DOT facility on Post Road East in Westport tonight before heading out to sand state roadways in the area. Several collisions were reported on I-95 in Westport as the snow began accumulating. Ron Malone for WestportNow.com

Westport’s Save the Children Mobilizes for Asian Earthquake Relief

Westport-based Save the Children said today it is moving quickly to assist children and families impacted by one of the world’s most devastating earthquakes that killed thousands of people in six countries in southern and southeastern Asia.

Triggered by an 8.9 magnitude earthquake—the most powerful in 40 years—huge waves of water swept across the Bay of Bengal today, wiping out villages and towns along a broad stretch of coastland near the Indian Ocean.

Save the Children is mobilizing a response to the areas hardest hit and already has begun to coordinate with local and international aid agencies to provide relief supplies including shelter and basic necessities for children and their families in Indonesia and Sri Lanka, the agency said.

“We are mobilizing response teams both within South Asia and around the world to meet the needs of children and their families affected by this terrible tragedy,” said Rudy Von Bernuth, who is coordinating Save the Children’s emergency response effort to the region.