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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, 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


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

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.

Minivan News:
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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


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.


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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.

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Stronger together: The global Red Cross Red Crescent response to the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami

Executive summary

The 9.1-magnitude earthquake that struck off the northern coast of Sumatra on 26 December 2004 triggered the tsunami that raced across the Indian Ocean, killing over 226,000 people and destroying livelihoods in 14 countries. While local communities were the first to respond and support their neighbours, national and international resources of an unprecedented scale had to be mobilized to support relief and recovery activities.

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Disaster as opportunity? Building back better in Aceh, Myanmar and Haiti

A new study examines the concept of ‘building back better’ by looking at the response to the Indian Ocean tsunami in Aceh, Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar and the earthquake in Haiti.

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Tsunami 2004: A Comprehensive Analysis

This book serves as a reference textbook for the event itself as it happened in each country of study and provides a method for documenting emergencies in the larger discipline of emergency risk management in health.

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Rebuilding fishing livelihoods in Sri Lanka

More than 20 new fishing harbours and anchorages are being constructed under a programme to rehabilitate coastal areas destroyed by the 2004 tsunami, helping 100,000 people.

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Situations d’urgence humanitaire – l’occasion d’un nouveau départ et de fournir des services de santé mentale durables

GENÈVE 16 AOÛT 2013 – Selon un nouveau rapport de l’Organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS) « Building back better : Sustainable mental health care after emergencies», publié à l’occasion de la Journée mondiale de l’aide humanitaire (le 19 août), les organismes humanitaires travaillent d’arrache-pied pour répondre aux besoins psychosociaux et de santé mentale des personnes à la suite de situations d’urgence, mais trop souvent des occasions de renforcer des systèmes de santé

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ECHO Factsheet – India, July 2013

Key messages:

  • Assisting the victims of natural disasters, India being highly vulnerable to cyclones, floods, earthquakes and droughts remains a priority. .

  • Alleviating the emergency needs arising from three protracted crises:
    Jammu & Kashmir, the North-Eastern States, and Naxal-affected areas in central India, with a special emphasis on protection, health and nutrition remains a must.

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Rebuilding Livelihoods in Sri Lanka through Microfinance

In 2004, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake in the Indian Ocean resulted in one of the deadliest tsunamis in history. Sri Lanka experienced a high casualty rate with 35,322 killed or missing and 516,150 people displaced from their homes.

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World Bank Approves $236 Million for reducing disaster risks for coastal villages in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry

World Bank

The World Bank approved a $236 million credit to reduce disaster risks for coastal villages in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.