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A message from Howard Davies to all staff, students and alumni

We at the School would like to express our most heartfelt condolences and sympathies to all staff, students and alumni who are personally affected by the devastation created by the tsunami in the Indian Ocean.

These events have shocked the world. Our thoughts go out to those individuals caught up in these disasters, their family and friends, and those working so hard in rescue and humanitarian operations currently underway.

A three minute silence will be observed at LSE on Wednesday 5 January at noon in memory of the 150,000 people killed in the tsunami disaster. The School respects the wishes of all those who want to take part.

Howard Davies and senior staff will be reviewing how LSE can help in the next few days. The School is offering advice and counselling to LSE students and staff affected by the tragedy who are in London, helping them to cope with their emotions and reactions to this disaster. I hope that anyone experiencing similar emotions of shock, fear, uncertainty and sorrow will also seek out both the support of those closest to them and the help of professionals. If we at the LSE can be of any help to you in this difficult time, please contact us and we will do our best to help.

Further information

Students who are unable to return to LSE at this time or who need to discuss financial issues with the School should contact Mark Maloney, head of student administration, on 020 7955 7457, email m.maloney@lse.ac.uk|. Members of staff affected by the disaster should contact their line managers.

There are student and staff counsellors available. For students, please contact the St Philips Medical Centre 020 7955 7016. Staff counsellor Monica Larkin is on 020 7955 6216.

The Foreign Office have also issued an emergency number for worried relatives and friends who wish to check on UK travellers affected by the tsunami, which is 020 7008 0000.

Help is urgently needed. The Disaster Emergency Committee (DEC) is coordinating an appeal for aid in the disaster-hit region, representing charities including ActionAid, British Red Cross, Cafod, Care International, Christian Aid, Concern, Merlin, Oxfam, Save the Children, Tearfund and World Vision. Should you wish to contribute, donations to the appeal can be made by calling 087 0606 0900, or by visiting www.dec.org.uk|.

4 January 2005