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Ten years after 2004 Tsunami, successful exercise demonstrates the efficiency of Indian Ocean Warning System

The Tsunami Warning System established under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO in the Indian Ocean following the December 2004 disaster is functioning effectively. This was demonstrated in a simulation exercise conducted on 9 and 10 September 2014, with the participation of 24 countries of the Indian Ocean Rim*.

According to the preliminary results of the simulated alert, all of the participating countries received timely tsunami advisory messages, and no delays were reported.

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Why gender disaster data matters: ‘In some villages, all the dead were women’

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Guardian

Data on the 2004 tsunami found that women were more affected than men. It’s time to recognise gender in disaster response

Philippa Ross in Suva

Disasters triggered by climate change are not blind to gender and age. They affect men and women, the old and the young, very differently. Sex and age are some of the most powerful indicators of how individuals will experience a disaster: who survives and who dies. Despite this, we have worryingly little data on the issue.

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Indian Ocean-wide tsunami exercise to test readiness ten years after the 2004 disaster

Ten years after the strongest tsunami in living memory, 24 countries participate in an exercise to assess the effectiveness of communication flows between stakeholders, country readiness and the efficiency of emergency procedures.

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When a Disaster Leaves Bathrooms in its Wake

By Malini Shankar

CAR NICOBAR, India, Sep 5 2014 (IPS) - When the 2004 Asian Tsunami lashed the coasts and island territories of India, one of the hardest hit areas were the Andaman and Nicobar Islands (ANI), which lie due east of mainland India, at the juncture of the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea.

Remote and isolated, the tribal communities that occupy these idyllic isles have lived for centuries off the land, eschewing all forms of modern ‘development’ and sustaining themselves off the catch from the rich seas that surround them.

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Tirer les leçons de l'expérience asiatique en matière d'intervention humanitaire

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IRIN

BANGKOK, 23 juillet 2014 (IRIN) - En préparation du Sommet mondial sur l'aide humanitaire, des gouvernements, universitaires, acteurs humanitaires, responsables militaires et activistes de toute la région Asie-Pacifique se réunissent à Tokyo aujourd'hui, le 23 juillet, pour tirer des enseignements de l'expertise de la région en matière de réponse aux crises humanitaires.

IRIN:

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FACTBOX - Communities that uprooted and relocated after disasters

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AlertNet

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Mon, 14 Jul 2014 07:00 GMT

Author: Alisa Tang

After disasters strike, communities sometimes have no choice but to build a new life in a new place.

AlertNet:



For more humanitarian news and analysis, please visit www.trust.org/alertnet

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Sinkholes Opening Up After Tsunami

By Malini Shankar

CAR NICOBAR, India, May 2 2014 (IPS) - While the United States Geological Survey (USGS) is sparing no effort to fill a rapidly widening sinkhole in Florida since Apr. 23, India’s Geological Survey has closed its field station in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands where sinkholes have sprung up all over as an aftermath of the 2004 Asian tsunami.

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In areas of Indonesia hit hard by the 2004 tsunami, investment in children’s resilience yields long-term results

Since 2004, malaria has been eliminated in Sabang, and government investment in disaster risk reduction included the construction of hundreds of earthquake-resistant schools.

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Tip Sheet - Gender-Inclusive Disaster Risk Management

Women are essential players for effective risk assessment, early warning, and strengthening of disaster resilience. This tip sheet offers guidelines for gender mainstreaming in disaster risk and recovery efforts.

Asian Development Bank:

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Towards a Resilient Future: Children and Disasters, Southasiadisasters.net issue no. 104, February 2014

In building climate change related strategies and agendas, policy makers need to pay attention to the inclusivity of children, and how the changes will impact the lives of children.

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Banda Aceh: where community spirit has gone but peace has lasted

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Guardian

The 2004 tsunami left destruction and misery in its wake. Nine years later the Indonesian coast has orphans as landowners and huge discrepencies in housing quality, but the one legacy of value was a lasting truce between warring factions

Read the full story on the Guardian.

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DSWD holds online learning exchange on disaster response with Indonesia

QUEZON CITY, Jan 24 -- To gain more insights on how the disaster relief and recovery efforts were undertaken in the aftermath of the 2004 Aceh Tsunami in Indonesia, select officials and employees of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) held on Tuesday a video conference with key individuals in Indonesia who were part of the overall disaster response.

Experts consider the Aceh post-disaster relief and recovery operations as the biggest humanitarian effort and reconstruction project in developing countries to date.

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Tsunami survivors still without permanent housing

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Minivan News

President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has said 427 families who survived the devastating 2004 tsunami still require permanent housing.

During a speech on the occasion of the National Unity Day – commemorating the impact of the tsunami – Yameen pledged to provide all families with housing in the next year.

“This government will provide housing for all those who were deprived of it with the tsunami, we will do it in 2014 according to the government’s manifesto” Yameen said.

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Sri Lanka remembers tsunami victims today

Sri Lanka will commemorate today (26), the 9th anniversary of tsunami and the 7th anniversary of National Safety Day

The national event on the theme "Line up to eradicate Disasters".will be held at the Kalutara District Secretariat premises from 9 a.m. with Prime Minister D. M. Jayaratne as the Chief Guest on the invitation of Disaster Management Minister Mahinda Amaraweera and Deputy Minister Dulip Wijesekara.

A two-minute silence will be observed from 9:25 a.m. to 9:27 a.m. at the National Safety Day event to remember the victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004.

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Op-Ed: Remembering the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami: Transforming shared vulnerabilities through better preparedness, by Dr. Noeleen Heyzer and Mr. Sihasak Phuangketkeow

On 26 December 2004, the world witnessed a devastating natural disaster with an impact that still reverberates nine years later. One of the strongest earthquakes ever recorded struck off the west coast of Aceh, Indonesia, triggering massive tsunami waves that cut a path of destruction across borders. The lack of tsunami warning systems in the region left coastal communities unprepared for the enormity of the devastation as cascading walls of water swallowed up lives and livelihoods.

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Lessons from Aceh’s ‘build back better’ experience

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IRIN

BANGKOK, 23 December 2013 (IRIN) - Lessons from the reconstruction process in Indonesia’s Aceh Province following the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami can better shape the long-term impact of ‘build back better’ projects, and experts say those lessons are particularly relevant in the context of the Philippines, where more than one million homes were damaged or destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013.

IRIN:

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Lessons for the Philippines from the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami

Manila -- Indonesian Senior Minister, Kuntoro Mangkusubroto, who oversaw the historic rehabilitation of Aceh after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, arrives in the Philippines today to provide insights into managing large-scale recovery programmes.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is organizing this important exchange at the request of the Philippines National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

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Asia: Earthquake and Tsunamis - Emergency appeal n° M04EA028 Final report

Period covered by this final report: 26 December 2004 to 31 December 2012.

Appeal target (current): CHF 670,671,010.

Appeal coverage: 101 per cent.

Appeal history:

  • Tsunami Emergency and Recovery Revised Plan and Budget 2005-2010 was launched on 13 March 2009 with a budget of CHF 135,493,049 for the period of 2009-2010, with a total budget of CHF 706.4 million for the six-year period.