South Asia is one of the most disaster-prone and conflict-affected regions in the world, with Afghanistan and India belonging to the top ten countries with the highest number of reported natural disasters in a year1. The most common disasters in the region are floods, drought, landslides, avalanches and earthquakes.
THE HUMEDICA AID MEASURES AFTER THE TSUNAMI 2004
by Lina Koch, 2014/12/26
It happened exactly ten years ago, on December 26th, when one of the strongest earthquakes ever measured in the Indian Ocean provoked a row of devastating tsunamis. What followed was one of the worst humanitarian catastrophes of the modern era: 230,000 people lost their lives in the floods, 110,000 were injured, 1.7 million inhabitants of the coastline were without any shelter. These numbers and facts seem unreal, in reality however, they have involved countless painful fates.
Snapshot 21-27 January
Nigeria: Boko Haram attacks continue, with Borno state capital Maiduguri and nearby military bases targeted on 25 January. Security forces pushed BH back from Maiduguri, but further attacks are expected. BH also raided villages in Michika local government area, Adamawa state. There are reports that BH has forbidden the use of vehicles in areas under its control.
Snapshot 14–20 January
Cameroon: 50,000 people are estimated displaced due to the recent increase in Boko Haram (BH) attacks in the northern regions. In the past week, an attack on a military base in Kolofata resulted in 143 BH killed, subsequently, BH kidnapped 80 people from one village – with three killed and 24 later released. The conflict has escalated regionally, with Chad pledging military support in Cameroon’s fight against Boko Haram.
Nigeria: Violence has escalated significantly in the northeast. Boko Haram killed more than 2,100 people in the first 11 days of the year. Most were killed in an attack on the town of Baga and surrounding settlements in Borno state, on Lake Chad. Up to 20,000 people were displaced. Other attacks took place in Maiduguri, Damaturu, and Potiskum.
Severe flooding and landslides started on 19 December, caused by heavy rains and high winds and affecting 22 out of 25 districts. Central, North Central, Uva, and Eastern provinces are worst affected. As the rains abated by end of December, waters have begun receding and displaced people have begun returning to their homes.
Snapshot 17 December – 6 January
Nigeria: A series of suspected Boko Haram attacks in Borno and neighbouring states have resulted in more than 80 deaths, 225 kidnapped, hundreds of homes burneds and thousands displaced.
Central African Republic: Nearly 200,000 people need nutrition assistance. Over 36,000 people are trapped in seven enclaves across the country; a group of 474 Fulani who fled to Yaloke months ago and now cannot leave are in particular need.
26/12/2014 – Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Sri Lanka Red Cross Society today commemorated the tenth commemoration of the Indian Ocean Tsunami that swept across the island nation ten years ago, killing over 35,000 people and affecting over two million.
Sri Lanka Army troops under the Security Force Headquarters (SFHQs) Wanni, Kilinochchi, East, Central and West, are continuing their rescue and relief operations with commitment for the benefit of flood victims by assisting the conduct of medical clinics, restoration of disrupted roads, threatened and burst tank bunds, provision of security and administrative support for surveys, transport of victims and relief items, coordination of Navy and Air Force services for emergencies, etc in the past two days (Dec 28-29).
This report provides an overview of the achievements and key lessons of the Canadian Red Cross response to the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. It is not meant to provide detailed information about individual programs, but rather showcases the difference that the Canadian Red Cross programs have made to the recovery and development of communities and Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in the affected countries.
Colombo, Sri Lanka: Heavy flooding in Sri Lanka since 19 December 2014, in 18 districts has affected an estimated 675,000 people according to the Disaster Management Centre (DMC). Six people have been reported dead due to floods & landslides. Currently, 80,736 people are living in 344 safety centers (evacuation centres). Its is reported that 3,175 houses are fully destroyed and 11,366 houses partially damaged due to floods.
Sri Lanka Army troops, swiftly responding to the ravaging flood catastrophe, had provided a number of relief measures to the displaced populace under the instructions of the Commander of the Army.
Meanwhile, troops in coordination with respective government authorities are now engaged in providing temporary alternative shelters, cooked meals, dry rations, medicine, clothes and other essentials in the East and North Central Provinces.
A decade ago a devastating tsunami crashed into parts of south and south-east Asia killing hundreds of thousands of people and injuring many more.
Five of the seven most affected countries were Commonwealth members: Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and the Maldives.
In the Maldives 80 people died - a small number in comparison to other countries, but the damage to the country’s infrastructure was unprecedented.
24 December 2014, New Delhi: Ten years since the Indian Ocean tsunami killed nearly 200 000 people, countries in the WHO South-East Asia Region have built emergency preparedness and response capacities, and continue to further strengthen them - to save lives in disasters.
This week — December 26, 2014 — commemorates the 10-year anniversary of the South Asian earthquake and tsunami, one of the most devastating natural disasters in recorded history. This unprecedented event affected populations in five time zones and 14 countries, killing over 225,000 people, injuring hundreds of thousands, leaving 1.7 million people homeless, and destroying infrastructure and livelihoods.
In the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami, Handicap International worked to help vulnerable Indonesians, Sri Lankans and Indians affected by the large-scale disaster. Ten years later, the organization continues its work there, and has considerably developed its disaster risk management experience.
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.
Listen Ten years on from the Indian Ocean tsunami, we remember how the world worked together to rebuild shattered lives and communities.
Monday December 22, 2014
The tsunami that cut a swathe of destruction across the Indian Ocean 10 years ago, also gave rise to one of the world's biggest relief and recovery efforts.