Ban Nam Khem, Thailand | AFP | Sunday 12/21/2014 - 03:34 GMT
by Preeti JHA
A decade after towering waves wrenched her newborn baby from her arms, Mi Htay remains haunted by memories of the children she lost in the tsunami whose bodies, like hundreds of other Myanmar migrants in Thailand, were never identified.
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.
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.
Help for body, mind and soul
On 26 December 2004, the most devastating tsunami in history brought death, misery and immense suffering to the people on the shores of the Indian Ocean. In its aftermath, 250,000 people were dead or missing, and nearly 1.7 million lost their homes. Immediately, Malteser International ran to the aid of the survivors – with both material as well as psychological assistance. A large-scale, sustainable reconstruction and reintegration program followed.
Tout le monde se souvient de ce qu’il faisait ce jour-là, quand les images ont déferlé quasiment en direct dans les foyers. C’était il y a 10 ans. Le 26 décembre 2004 se produisait le plus grave tsunami de l’histoire : les côtes d'Indonésie, du Sri Lanka et du sud de l'Inde, ainsi que l'ouest de la Thaïlande étaient dévastées en quelques heures.
The U.S. expanded its aerial campaign against Islamic State (IS) militants in late September with strikes in Syria’s north and east. The operation, which targets both IS and fighters linked to al-Qaeda’s central leadership and the affiliated group Jabhat al-Nusra, risks alienating other rebel groups in Syria and strengthening support for IS.
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By Rachel Sommer
LANCASTER, Pa. – Before Lar Say moved to Lancaster, Pa., in 2010, she lived in a refugee camp in Thailand for more than two decades.
She and her family became refugees when violence forced them, along with many other members of the Karen ethnic group to which they belong, from their homes in Myanmar, the southeast Asian nation also known as Burma.
18 August 2014 – Thailand Ambassador to the Philippines Prasas Prasasvinitchai presented a check in the amount of US$622,243.39 to Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. del Rosario as additional donation from the Government and people of Thailand to aid the rehabilitation process in areas affected by typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan.
The simple handover ceremony was held at the Department of Foreign Affairs and attended by Ms. Thelsa Biolena, Director of the Disaster Risk Reduction and Response Operations Office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
CHIANG RAI, 18 June 2014 (NNT) – The Department of Skill Development is conducting an onsite home repair workshop in quake-hit areas of Chiang Rai province, resulting in 15 homes having been fully renovated so far.
BANGKOK, 17 June 2014 (NNT) – The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has resolved to allocate a total of 12 billion baht to assist rubber planters with their production costs and rehabilitate flood- and drought-affected people across the nation.
According to Deputy Director-General of the Department of Agricultural Extension Numchai Prommeechai, owners of 9 million rai of rubber plantations were initially eligible for assistance worth a combined 21 billion baht under the production cost subsidy program.
CHIANG RAI, 19 June 2014 (NNT) – Mr. Pongsak Wangsamer, the Governor of Chiang Rai, reports that the earthquake on May 5, 2014, affected seven districts, 50 subdistricts and 609 villages. There were over 900 aftershocks. Both government and private sectors have continuously provided help to the quake victims. On June 13, 2014, another 3,000 households were reported to have been damaged from aftershocks in Phan District; however, the damage was small.
NCPO agreed to extend enforcement of the Emergency Decree in 3 southernmost provinces for another 3 months, and approved budget to help farmers and disaster victims. June 17, 2014, at 1500hrs, Chair of State Budget Inspection Committee (SBIC) Lt.Gen. Anantaporn Kanjanarat, Agricultural Promotion Department’s Deputy Director General Namchai Prommeechai, together with Col. Winthai Suvaree, Army Deputy Spokesperson, Capt. Dr. Yongyuth Mayalarp, M.D., civilian Spokesperson of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) held a press briefing at Santi Maitree Building, Government House.
Closing ceremony marks restoration of 50 CLCs; extensive, province-wide training in disaster-risk reduction
Three years ago, more than one hundred of Ayutthaya’s Community Learning Centers (CLCs) were forced to stop or limit services after being hit by the worst flooding in Thailand’s modern history.
The Government of Japan, under its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects Scheme (GGP), is providing funds amounting to some 1,824,500 baht for The Project for Vocational Training for Promoting Basic Education in Vulnerable Communities on the Border.
The handover ceremony was held on June 9, 2014 at the newly built center in the presence of Mr. Kiminori IWAMA, Minister of the Japanese Embassy, Mr. Nan Doe, Chairperson of Capacity Building for the People from Uprooted Community Project (CBPUC) and representatives from local government and the community.
CHIANG RAI, 24 May 2014 (NNT) – Chiang Rai Province has promptly paid financial aid to victims of the earthquake of 6.3 magnitude that struck Chiang Rai on 5th May 2014 and its aftershocks.
The Chiang Rai Governor presided over a donation ceremony to help 118 victims in Phong Phrae Sub-district, 223 victims in Bua Sali Sub-district, 108 victims in Dong Mada Sub-district, 229 victims in Pa Ko Dam, and 411 victims in Chom Mok Kaew Sub-district, all of whom suffered badly in the severe earthquake in Mae Lao District, Chiang Rai Province.
CHIANG RAI, 22 May 2014 (NNT) - Chiang Rai provincial authorities are quickly providing assistance to locals who have been affected by the earthquake that struck on May 5th.
Homes in areas around the quake’s epicenter have been utterly destroyed, causing distressed locals to live in fear and preventing them from returning to their homes. Even though the quake erupted two weeks ago, there is no sign that aftershocks would end anytime soon. The latest one was a 4.1 magnitude tremor that struck on May 21st.
BANGKOK, 19 May 2014 (NNT) - Mr. Yukol Limlamthong, Deputy acting Prime Minister and Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives, said he has given preliminary approval for 184 million baht in aid, after receiving information that 10,789 houses were damaged in the northern earthquake.
He announced that the Ministry of Finance has approved 184,646,000 baht for earthquake relief, providing 33,000 baht for each family. From a total of 10,789 damaged houses, there are 39 that are beyond repair, and the cost of restoring another 89 houses has exceeded the expected limit.