A KIRKLEES councillor has appealed for action to help the quake victims of south east Asia.
Clr Shabir Pandor, of Batley, said it was vital that all councillors in Kirklees mobilised support and help in providing aid to support the victims of the earthquake and tidal wave disaster.
"The earthquake was over a hundred times more powerful than the one that hit Iran last year," said Clr Pandor.
"If each councillor can raise the profile in their own communities and take a leading role in motivating those communities we could raise an incredible sum to help the people who are in much need, many of whom have lost everything.
"I would also urge the council's workforce to become involved in this fundraising event.
"I am going to ask each service director to promote an atmosphere where council employees can raise awareness and actively raise funds for the earthquake appeal."
Clr Pandor added: "Time is of the essence. There are a lot of people along thousands of miles of coastline that had their homes, livelihoods and lives laid to ruin. They need our help now."
Countries such as Sri Lanka and Indonesia are desperately short of water, medicines and shelters.
Many aid organisations are rushing relief assistance to the countries hardest hit by the tidal waves following Sunday's earthquake.
In Yorkshire, efforts are being co-ordinated by Unicef.
* Unicef UK's postal address is PO box 1800, Sheffield, S6 4UG. Its phone number is 0114 251 7092 and fax is 0114 231 6360.
Donations can be made on 08457312 312 or online visit www.unicef.org.uk