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08 Jan 2005 description

Period covered: 00:00 7/1/05-00:00 8/1/05

08 Jan 2005 description

COLOMBO, Jan 8 (Reuters) - The World Bank could hand out up to $1.5 billion in tsunami aid if need be, bank President James Wolfensohn said on Saturday, but cautioned he was "wildly concerned" about how funds are spent.

Wolfensohn, who is visiting Sri Lanka and earlier toured the tsunami-ravaged south hot on the heels of U.N.

08 Jan 2005 description

Phuket, Thailand (dpa) - Thousands of Burmese migrant workers are feared dead or missing in southern Thailand, but there is no official record of a single victim in the region devastated by the December 26 tsunamis.

And in the highly secretive state of neighbouring Myanmar (Burma), the military junta has only reported 59 dead, 43 injured and nearly 600 homes destroyed.

The dictatorship's restrictions on journalists and aid workers have made verification impossible in remote areas where fishermen and villagers would have been exposed to the onslaught from the sea.

08 Jan 2005 description

Berlin (dpa) - Germany aims to seek a leading role in efforts to improve the globe's international earthquake early warning system, with the geophysical research centre GFZ in Potsdam being commissioned to carry out the work, Berlin said Saturday.

The Foreign Ministry indirectly confirmed reports that Germany wants to lead the way in international efforts.

It was noted that in December, Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer had proposed to United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan that Germany host the third international conference on prevention of natural catastrophes.

07 Jan 2005 description

This is a very early report of the impacts on coastal livelihoods of the Indian Ocean tsunami. It will be constantly built up as more information is included, and made meaningful with subsequent analyses. The purpose of this assessment effort is to determine the needed resources and efforts to quickly restore shattered livelihoods in the stricken communities. This report has been jointly developed by staff from NACA, FAO, SEAFDEC and BOBP-IGO for internal use.

07 Jan 2005 description

The Federation's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilising the power of humanity. It is the world's largest humanitarian organisation and its millions of volunteers are active in over 181 countries.

07 Jan 2005 description

Appeal - Asia Earthquake & Tsunamis - ASRE51

Total Appeal Target: US$ 41,798,901

Balance Requested from ACT Alliance: US$ 26,113,709

Geneva, 7 January 2005

Dear Colleagues,

A 9-magnitude undersea earthquake off the west coast of the northern Indonesian island of Sumatra set off massive tidal waves on Sunday morning (26 December), which slammed into coastal towns and villages across south and south east Asia, killing over 150,000 people and affecting millions throughout the region.

07 Jan 2005 description

WASHINGTON DC, January 7, 2005  The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) will assist Burmese refugee victims of the tsunami in southern Thailand who are not receiving disaster relief assistance.  The organization is committing agency funds for this purpose and issuing an appeal for donations to its Refugee Tsunami Victims Fund on its website, www.refugees.org.

07 Jan 2005 description
report Oxfam

EU Foreign Ministers meet today on Tsunami disaster relief effort

Brussels, Belgium: As the Asian tsunami disaster enters day 12 and EU Foreign Ministers meet at an extraordinary Council meeting in Brussels, Oxfam has today called on the EU-25 to lead donor efforts in planning a long-term strategy in relief efforts for the thousands of victims.

The international development agency is now working with partners on the ground to bring aid to hundreds of thousands of …

07 Jan 2005 description

(A) Highlights
(B) Middle East,Central Asia and Eastern Europe: (1) Afghanistan (2) Iran

(C) East & Central Africa: (1) Regional (2) Burundi (3) Congo, DR (4) Eritrea (5) Ethiopia (6) Rwanda (7) Somalia (8) Sudan (9) Tanzania

(D) West Africa: (1) Chad (2) Liberia (3) Mauritania

(E) Southern Africa: (1) Regional (2) Angola (3) Malawi (4) Zimbabwe

(F) Asia: (1) Regional; Asia Tsunami (2) Bangladesh (3) India (4) Indonesia (5) Korea (DPR) (6) Maldives (7) Myanmar (8) Sri Lanka (9) Thailand

07 Jan 2005 description

ROME, Jan 7 (Reuters) - The European Union could offer temporary refuge to hundreds of thousands of children affected by the Asian tsunami if it accepts changes to its asylum laws proposed by EU Commissioner Franco Frattini.

07 Jan 2005 description

London (dpa) - The G7 group of industrialised nations have agreed to freeze debts owed by tsunami-hit countries in Southeast Asia, British Chancellor Gordon Brown told the BBC Friday.

Speaking prior to a meeting of the Paris Club of creditor countries on January 12, Brown said the agreement would save these countries about 5.6 billion dollars annually.

The countries affected owe about 272 billion dollars jointly in external debt.

07 Jan 2005 description

Today's decision by the USA to abandon its plan for a four-nation core group to coordinate humanitarian aid in the Indian Ocean and pass the baton back to the UN was welcomed by aid specialists at ODI, Britain's leading independent think-tank on international development and humanitarian issues.

07 Jan 2005 description

Aujourd'hui vendredi, l'oeuvre d'entraide suisse Chaîne du bonheur et la DDC se sont rencontrées pour un échange d'informations. Tous les acteurs suisses sont intéressés à une étroite collaboration.

07 Jan 2005 description
report Hong Kong Red Cross

Longer-term Red Cross and Red Crescent assistance to Asian communities devastated by the tsunamis will amount to more than US$ 556 million.

"The scope of this disaster calls for the world's humanitarian agencies to act quickly, effectively and with a long term perspective.

07 Jan 2005 description

Millions of farmers and fisher folk in coastal areas have been affected by the disaster. In addition to the human tragedy, the Tsunami tidal waves have destroyed the livelihoods and economic basis of many coastal communities. Fisheries and coastal aquaculture have been most seriously hit by the disaster. Fisher folk have lost their boats and fishing gear, while cold storage, support industries and aquaculture installations have been damaged or lost. At the same time, farm animals have been killed and food and tree crops have been washed away or are dying due to saltwater floods.

07 Jan 2005 description

Red Cross and Red Crescent has so far reached some 200,000 affected people, and the relief activities are increasing. Below is a brief summary of some of the key relief activities and assistance provided so far:

More than 30 Red Cross flights with relief goods have arrived

Some 14 Emergency Response Units (ERUs) specializing in water purification, health care, logistics and telecommunications have been deployed

Over 9,000 Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers are providing survivors with food, clothes and other emergency articles throughout the region

Over 100 international Red …

07 Jan 2005 description
report ActionAid


The need for a long term approach

While meeting immediate needs such as food, clean water and healthcare are vital, we also need a longer term response to enable people to restore their livelihoods. All funding should be tailored to such an approach, allowing spending to take place over a longer timeframe.

07 Jan 2005 description

Total Dead - 153, 364

Total Displaced - 2,051,932

Total Food Aid Delivered to Date - 6,909 metric tons


WFP Executive Director James Morris visited Aceh with UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan as part of a high-level delegation. They first flew by aircraft from Jakarta to Banda Aceh, capital of the province, where they transferred to a helicopter and flew along the devastated western coast of Aceh to the port of Meulaboh.

They met beneficiaries in the town, one of the worst-affected sites, before returning to Banda Aceh, where they gave a news conference at the …

07 Jan 2005 description
  1. Assessment of damages

    More than 150 million fishers, fish farmers and their family members in Asia depend on fishing and aquaculture for their livelihoods. Many of these fishing and fish farming households have been severely affected by the recent tsunami and lost lives, houses and production assets. Also, African countries located on the Indian Ocean have been seriously affected.