THE HUMEDICA AID MEASURES AFTER THE TSUNAMI 2004
by Lina Koch, 2014/12/26
It happened exactly ten years ago, on December 26th, when one of the strongest earthquakes ever measured in the Indian Ocean provoked a row of devastating tsunamis. What followed was one of the worst humanitarian catastrophes of the modern era: 230,000 people lost their lives in the floods, 110,000 were injured, 1.7 million inhabitants of the coastline were without any shelter. These numbers and facts seem unreal, in reality however, they have involved countless painful fates.
Snapshot 21-27 January
Nigeria: Boko Haram attacks continue, with Borno state capital Maiduguri and nearby military bases targeted on 25 January. Security forces pushed BH back from Maiduguri, but further attacks are expected. BH also raided villages in Michika local government area, Adamawa state. There are reports that BH has forbidden the use of vehicles in areas under its control.
- NATURE OF EMERGENCY:
Torrential rainfalls have resulted in severe floods and landslides, causing displacement and damage to houses, livelihoods and assets in 22 administrative districts out of 25 districts in Sri Lanka.
More than 1.2 million people have been affected by torrential rains and floods from 18-31 December 2014, mostly in the Eastern, North-Central, North-Western, Central Provinces of the country.
The results of a UN-led Joint Needs Assessment have just been released and point to the need for urgent support to the most severely food insecure populations. This includes food assistance, enhanced access to clean drinking water, emergency shelter, restoration of livelihoods as well as reconstruction of damaged houses and infrastructure.
“Our government will take a new approach to the UN Human Rights Council process in Geneva. We will offer a domestic mechanism for this, which could be supported by international agencies“, said Sri Lankan Foreign minister Mangala Samaraweera in a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi. He also stressed that most of the tension with the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva was caused by positions taken by the previous regime.
VAVUNIYA, Sri Lanka , Jan 20 2015 (IPS) - In four months’ time, Sri Lanka will mark the sixth anniversary of the end of its bloody civil conflict. Ever since government armed forces declared victory over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on May 19, 2009, the country has savored peace after a generation of war.
Snapshot 14–20 January
Cameroon: 50,000 people are estimated displaced due to the recent increase in Boko Haram (BH) attacks in the northern regions. In the past week, an attack on a military base in Kolofata resulted in 143 BH killed, subsequently, BH kidnapped 80 people from one village – with three killed and 24 later released. The conflict has escalated regionally, with Chad pledging military support in Cameroon’s fight against Boko Haram.
Heavy rains across Southeast Asia have killed dozens of people and displaced tens of thousands in Thailand, Malaysia and Sri Lanka. The area is bracing for more flooding as heavy rain is expected to continue over the next few days.
According to an Associated Press report, at least nine people were killed and 10 others were missing in mudslides triggered by heavy rains on Dec. 26 in the central hills of Sri Lanka.
As Pope Francis visits Sri Lanka, CAFOD is responding to what the government has described as the worst floods to hit the country since 1957
Severe flooding began in Sri Lanka on 19 December, caused by heavy rains in 22 out of 25 districts across the country. In the weeks since, the United Nations estimates that more than 1.1 million people have been affected.
The floods have washed away rice crops and hit tea and rubber plantations, leaving many families facing food shortages or struggling to make a living.
Nigeria: Violence has escalated significantly in the northeast. Boko Haram killed more than 2,100 people in the first 11 days of the year. Most were killed in an attack on the town of Baga and surrounding settlements in Borno state, on Lake Chad. Up to 20,000 people were displaced. Other attacks took place in Maiduguri, Damaturu, and Potiskum.
Three years after the fall of the former regime, the Libyan people find themselves no closer to realizing their aspirations for a better future. Security conditions continue to deteriorate and life remains hard, particularly for migrants.
According to IOM Libya Chief of Mission Othman Belbeisi, an estimated 150,000 migrant workers remain stranded in the country, but some progress is being made in helping the most vulnerable to return home voluntarily.
Colombo, Sri Lanka | AFP | Tuesday 1/13/2015 - 04:45 GMT
Sri Lanka's former president Mahinda Rajapakse Tuesday denied government allegations that he attempted a coup to remain in office after it became clear that he had lost last week's election.
"I deny in all possible terms reports of attempts to use the military to influence election results," the former leader said on Twitter adding that he accepted the verdict before final results were declared on Friday.