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International Relief Aid Begins to Flow to Victims of Asian Disaster

International relief efforts are gearing up to provide emergency aid to the victims of Sunday's disaster in Asia.

The United Nations says it has already dispatched a relief team and made an initial cash grant.

Among the other offers of help, the European Union on Sunday committed $4 million for what officials called the vital period immediately after the disaster.

Individual nations have also been responding with offers of immediate assistance.

Pope John Paul, speaking in Vatican City, urged members of the international community to mobilize assistance for victims.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.