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19 Dec 2014 description

Manilla, 18 December 2014 – As we approach the ten-year anniversary of the devastating Indian Ocean Tsunami, UN-Habitat draws attention to the results achieved in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Maldives, and the lessons learned. UN-Habitat now contributes to various humanitarian clusters, especially shelter and WASH, and supports the global community as the focal point for House, Land and Property issues.

18 Dec 2014 description

The unprecedented £392m donated by the generous UK public to the Disasters Emergency Committee’s Tsunami Earthquake Appeal ten years ago not only provided homes for tens of thousands of people, it helped change the way humanitarian agencies respond to large-scale disasters, the DEC said today.

18 Dec 2014 description

Listen Ten years on from the Indian Ocean tsunami, we remember how the world worked together to rebuild shattered lives and communities.

Monday December 22, 2014

The tsunami that cut a swathe of destruction across the Indian Ocean 10 years ago, also gave rise to one of the world's biggest relief and recovery efforts.

18 Dec 2014 description
report Oxfam

Ten years on and Tsunami response changed lives for good

The humanitarian response to the Indian Ocean Tsunami saved lives and gave people the means to rebuild their futures, Oxfam says today.

The tsunami on Boxing Day ten years ago was unprecedented. It hit 14 countries and affected 5 million people, killing an estimated 230,000 people and making 1.7 million homeless.

17 Dec 2014 description

Vienna, Austria, December 16, 2014. Over 20 partner countries stand to benefit from the latest round of financing approved at the 149th Session of the Governing Board of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID).

Public sector approvals amounting to nearly US$260m will support the following projects:

Armenia

15 Dec 2014 description

On 26 December 2004, the world experienced the Indian Ocean Tsunami, one of the deadliest natural disasters ever recorded. At an event held at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand last week, panelists took stock of the progress made in building greater resilience to disasters in Asia-Pacific, and also highlighted outstanding gaps and priorities for the way forward.

12 Dec 2014 description

Continuing Sri Lanka's assistance to Maldives to address ongoing water crisis in the capital, Male, Sri Lanka Air Force in a special humanitarian operation transported essential spares and accessories by air for the repairs of desalination facility in Male, yesterday (11th Dec).

As the quantity was not feasible to dispatch on a commercial flight, acceding to a request made by the Government of Maldives, President Mahinda Rajapaksa directed the SLAF to undertake the transport of the equipment from Singapore to Maldives on an urgent basis.

11 Dec 2014 description

8 December 2014, Lima, Peru - Describing themselves as an Early Warning System for the global community, the CANCC - the Coalition of Low Lying Atoll Nations on the issue of Climate Change was born this year comprising of Kiribati, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Tokelau and Tuvalu.

11 Dec 2014 description

President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has extended his ‎appreciation to the State Trading Organisation (STO), Ooredoo and Ace ‎Aviation Services Maldives for their generous contributions to ‘Male’ ‎Water Crisis Management Fund’. ‎

STO donated USD 100,000, Ooredoo donated USD 75,000 and ‎Ace Aviation Services donated MVR159,000 to the fund.‎

11 Dec 2014 description

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has assured the Maldives of her Government’s support during the Male’ water crisis. This assurance was extended during a telephone conversation between President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom and Prime Minister Hasina, this morning.

10 Dec 2014 description
report Minivan News

By Daniel Bosley

Minister of Defence Mohamed Nazim has said foreign aid will be sought as repairs to Malé’s water desalination plant are expected to cost US$20 million.

Speaking at a press briefing of the president’s task force this morning, Nazim called for donations, revealing that US$1.5 million had already been received.

Islamic Minister Dr Mohamed Shaheem Ali Saeed has revealed that an unnamed Saudi donor had already gifted US$1 million, while discussions with the Saudi, Qatari, and Kuwaiti governments were ongoing.

10 Dec 2014 description
report Minivan News

By Mariyath Mohamed

Five days since the fire at Malé Water and Sewerage Company (MWSC) – the capital city’s sole provider of running water – disrupted water supplies, residents and local businesses struggle to make do with the limited resources available.

As politicians begin finger-pointing, the inhabitants of the capital continue to cope with the crisis in any way they can.

The Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) and the Maldives Red Crescent have been distributing bottled water received as aid from neighbouring countries to citizens since December 5.

10 Dec 2014 description

In order to alleviate the water crisis in Malé, capital of the Maldives, the Chinese government continues to provide emergency assistance to the Maldives. Loaded with nearly 700 tons of fresh water, a Chinese Navy submarine rescue ship named Changxing Island which could produce over 70 tons of desalted water every day arrived in Malé in the evening of December 7 local time and started to supply water to the Maldivian people through its own sea water desalination facilities.

08 Dec 2014 description

The Sri Lankan government has flown the first shipment of 100,000 water bottles to the Maldives Friday to alleviate the water crisis in the city of Male' after a fire broke out in the water treatment plant shut down the water supply to the city.

The first shipment of the water bottles which included 6.5 tons of water have been flown to the Maldives in a SriLankan Airlines aircraft, Friday night.

The Maldivian Foreign Ministry said that Sri Lanka is sending emergency water supplies via every flight that comes from Colombo to the Maldives.

08 Dec 2014 description

President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has appealed for the ‎support and cooperation of the Maldivian public in resolving the national ‎crisis, brought on by the fire that broke out at the Maldives Water and ‎Sewerage Company (MWSC). The President made this appeal, while ‎speaking at a press conference held this evening at the President’s office, ‎regarding the issue.‎

08 Dec 2014 description

In a statement issued today, President Abdulla Yameen Abduul Gayoom has appealed to the Maldivian public to remain patient and united, while working with the Government to resolve the national crisis, brought on by the fire that broke out at the Maldives Water and Sewerage Company (MWSC). Additionally, President Yameen reassured the Maldivian people that a steady and adequate supply of bottled water would be made available until the crisis is resolved.

08 Dec 2014 description
report Government of India

In a swift response to the ‘National Crisis’ faced by the Maldives, following the shutting down the desalination plants in a fire incident in capital in Male’, the Indian Government has pressed into service as much as five Indian Air Force transport aircraft and one Naval vessel carrying a large consignment of potable water to meet the immediate requirement of the people in Male’.

08 Dec 2014 description
report Government of India

In a swift response to the ‘National Crisis’ faced by the Maldives, following the shutting down the desalination plants in a fire incident in capital in Male’, the Indian Government has pressed into service as much as five Indian Air Force transport aircraft and one Naval vessel carrying a large consignment of potable water to meet the immediate requirement of the people in Male’.

08 Dec 2014 description

The Government of Sri Lanka commenced delivery of drinking water to the Maldivian capital Malé by the evening of 5th December. Malé is facing a severe shortage of drinking water, following a fire on the previous day at its sole water purification plant which disrupted the water supply to the city, and prompted the authorities to declare a "disaster situation." Malé is one of the most densely populated cities in the world and is home to over 100,000 people, being approximately one third of the total population of the Maldives.