Asian earthquake: how to donate

Below are the main Swedish aid agencies raising funds for disaster relief, along with their Postgiro numbers. All of their web sites are in Swedish.

Diakonia: Postgiro 903304-4

Frälsningsarmén: Postgiro 900480-5

IOGT-NTO i Sri Lanka: Postgiro 90 04 63-1

Lions: Postgiro 90 19 48-0

Lutherhjälpen: Postgiro 90 02 56-9

Läkare utan gränser: Postgiro 900603-2

Plan Sverige: Postgiro 90 07 31-1 (Mark coupon “Asien”)

Radiohjälpen: Postgiro 901950-6

Rädda Barnen: Postgiro 902003-3

Röda Korset: Postgiro 900800-4 (Mark coupon “Andamanerna”)

SOS Barnbyar: Postgiro 90 02 29-6

Unicef Sverige: Postgiro 90 20 01-7 (Mark coupon “Asien”)


Swede dies in earthquake in Greece and Turkey

A Swedish man was one of the people killed when a violent earthquake hit Greek island Kos, Sweden's foreign ministry has confirmed.

Swede dies in earthquake in Greece and Turkey
Rubble sitting outside the bar damaged by an earthquake in Kos, Greece. Photo: Michael Probst/AP

A second person killed was named as Turkish national Sinan Kurdoglu by Turkey's deputy prime minister, according to news agency the Associated Press. The men died when the roof of a bar collapsed in Kos, The Guardian reports.

The 6.7 magnitude earthquake shook the Greek island and Turkish tourist resort Bodrum in the early hours of Friday. Greek officials said around 200 people were injured, at least 120 on Kos and 70 in Turkey. Sweden's foreign ministry has confirmed that Swedes are among the injured.

The epicentre of the earthquake, which struck at around 1.30am local time, was 10 kilometres south of Bodrum and 16 kilometres north-east of Kos which was the worst hit, reports The Guardian.

A toppled column in Kos after the earthquake. Photo: Michael Probst/AP

“I'm still in shock,” Isak Bergh from Västerås told Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet, explaining that paintings and mirrors fell from the walls of the hotel he was in and the power was lost.

Another reader described the scene at Rhodes airport.

“I laid on the floor and started to shake around,” Brian Ramirez explained.