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Asian Disaster Management News - Jan - Mar 2006

Post disaster impact assessments in Asia-Pacific

In this issue:

  • Post disaster impact assessment
  • Socio-economic impact of the December 2004 earthquake and indian ocean tsunami
  • Post disaster building damage assessment
  • Damage and loss assessment in agriculture
  • Psychosocial impacts
  • Forgotten vulnerability
  • Gender considerations
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FAO Situation Reports: Regional - Tsunami - 31 March 20006


FAO is working closely with the Government of Indonesia, line Ministries and NGOs in providing technical and policy guidance to plan and coordinate rehabilitation efforts in the agriculture, fisheries and forestry sectors. FAO's emphasis is on optimizing sustainable outcomes and rebuilding livelihood opportunities for vulnerable fishing and farming families to enhance their food security and incomes.

FAO has provided technical guidance and expertise to the Government of Indonesia through its close collaboration

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South Asia: Tsunami response - Our giving has changed lives

The generosity of everyday Australians has dramatically changed the lives of people and communities devastated by the Asian Tsunami, a new report into the response reveals.

"One year on it is still difficult to comprehend the scale of the disaster and the devastation it wreaked on millions of lives across ten countries," ACFID's Executive Director, Paul O'Callaghan said.

"Yet the substantial contribution to the rehabilitation of tsunami survivors and their communities throughout

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NGO Report on the Asian Tsunami (26 Dec 2004 - 31 Dec 2005)

The scale of the disaster

With more than 200,000 people killed in 10 countries, millions injured, tens of millions left homeless and without livelihoods and whole communities dislocated, the Asian tsunami was the single biggest challenge ever faced by international aid organisations, including non government agencies (NGOs).

In addition to the human tragedy, it presented a mammoth relief and reconstruction task to which the ten or more national governments and hundreds of international aid agencies have committed their efforts.

Australian NGO emergency response

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Better coordination of the supply of post-tsunami fisheries inputs in Thailand

Thailand, 28 Mar 2006 -- Bangkok -- Moving from emergency to long-term rehabilitation, FAO and the Department of Fisheries are reviewing concerns among the government and aid agencies about the impact of fishing boats, gear and equipment supplied to tsunami affected communities in Thailand.
In the aftermath of the December 2004 tsunami, donors, aid agencies and non-governmental organizations took immediate action to supply fisheries inputs on an emergency basis with limited coordination and planning. At times this may have resulted in over supply of fishing
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Direct Relief's Response to Earthquake and Tsunami in South/Southeast Asia - March 2006 Update

Direct Relief
Since December 2004, Direct Relief International has provided $52,065,017 in medical material aid and cash grant assistance. Through the provision of 44 direct grants and 23 indirect grants, Direct Relief has spent $9,414,312 on health-related projects in Indonesia ($3,290,607), Sri Lanka ($3,094,197), India ($2,779,508), and Thailand ($250,000). The projects include clinic construction, mobile medical unit provision, health service delivery, water and sanitation facility construction, malaria prevention, and psycho-social counseling and care.
Direct Relief has sent 343,226 lbs.
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The Government of Japan provides assistance for vocational training of tsunami victims

The Government of Japan is extending Grant Assistance for the Grassroots Human Security Projects Scheme (GGP) to the "Construction of a SAORI-ORI Training Center for TSUNAMI Victims" project. H.E. Mr. Hideaki Kobayashi, Ambassador of Japan to the Kingdom of Thailand, and Lieutenant General Patrawan Trakulthong, President of the Maya Gotami Foundation, signed the contract on February 22, 2006 at the Embassy of Japan.

At the request of the Maya Gotami Foundation, the Japanese Government has agreed to fund the construction of a SAORI-ORI

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USAID and National Disaster Warning Center to establish rapid tsunami alert system in Thailand

Nonthaburi, Thailand -- The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement with the Thai National Disaster Warning Center (NDWC) to strengthen tsunami warning system capabilities in Thailand. Under this partnership agreement, the U.S. Government and NDWC will launch a join program to develop a Tsunami Alert Rapid Notification System (TARNS) for Thailand. The signing ceremony took place at NDWC headquarters near Bangkok.
Delivering alerts rapidly to coastal
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A needless toll of natural disasters

Boston Globe
By Eric Schwartz
March 23, 2006 Thursday - When a mudslide in the southern Philippine swiped out the villageof Guinsaugon and killed more than 1,000 people last month, it was the latest in a seeming spike in developing world natural disasters.

The numbers impacted by recent calamities are indeed staggering. The earthquake that leveled large parts of Pakistan-administered Kashmir last October killed about 75,000 people, and left some 3 million homeless. About a year earlier, the Asian tsunamica caused the deaths of

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Asie du Sud : après le tsunami, la réhabilitation se poursuit

Plus d'un an après le raz-de-marée qui a dévasté les côtes d'Asie du Sud-Est, le Secours populaire mène d'importants projets de reconstruction et de relance de l' économie locale en Indonésie, au Sri Lanka, en Inde et en Thaïlande.
Accès aux soins, à l'éducation, au logement, relance de l'économie locale, restauration des écosystè phase d'urgence terminée, les objectifs restent nombreux pour venir en aide aux populations sinistrées par le tsunami du 26 décembre 2004. Les projets mis en place par le Secours populaire visent donc désormais à reconstituer les conditions
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Thailand: 100 days later...

NATR - The beginning

On 26 December 2004, the world changed-forever. The tsunami that hit the Andaman coast in the south of Thailand caused devastating losses and touched many lives. Some people might have read about it, and moved it to the back of their minds. Others might have been fortunate enough to live through it and remember-remember, because they are still living it. Still picking up the pieces of what they lost, and looking for ways to put it all back together again. The survivors' stories are beyond belief. The losses are tragic, and yet, there is still hope

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Thailand: Red Cross of China to donate more money to help tsunami victims

Thai Red Cross
After having donated US$3 million to the Thai Red Cross to help in tsunami relief and rehabilitation activities, the Red Cross Society of China (RCSC) has now informed that it will donate a further US$500,000.
The first donation had been presented to HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, Executive Vice President of the Thai Red Cross, by Mme Peng Peiyun, RCSC President, when the latter made an official visit to Thailand from 6 to 11 February of this year. The money was used to construct 40 houses and a child care center in a
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Military assets to strengthen the EU's disaster response capacity

European Union
In a bid to reinforce and improve the EU's response to disasters, HR Javier Solana presented suggestions at the informal defence Council in Innsbruck on Monday (6 March).
The suggestions, which are part of work carried out within the EU following disasters such as the Tsunami in South East Asia and the earthquake in Pakistan, focus in particular on the coordination of strategic lift for emergency relief. They also address the broader identification and use of European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP) assets such as the
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IOM - Migration March 2006: Learning to live with mental trauma - Pakistan's earthquake survivors

- Healing the silent agonies of the Earthquake

- Isabelle's diary

- Thai-Burmese border communities brace for Bird Flu

- Chipping away at Roma discrimination

- Health care worker migration: Why Should We Care?

- Searching for greener pastures - A Caribbean Perspective

- Transnational migration is here to stay

- An interview with Ricky Martin

- Don't let anyone shatter your dreams

- Ample and urgent reasons for combatting human trafficking in Southern Africa

- Dumitru Crudu Author of the "Abandoned People" Play

International Organization for Migration:

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Community partnerships improve tsunami-ravaged lives in Thailand

Royal Thai Embassy commemorates 2004 tsunami, a year of challenges, recovery
By Anthony Kujawa, Washington File Staff Writer

Washington - Several U.S. nongovernmental and humanitarian aid organizations gathered at the Royal Thai Embassy February 28 to remember the devastating tsunami that struck the country in December 2004 and highlight cooperative partnerships they say has improved lives in both nations.

In opening remarks, Thailand's ambassador to the United States, Virasakdi Futrakul, said "26 December [2004]