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31 Dec 2005 description

"This year has been a year like no other for humanitarian action, bracketed by devastating disasters, - the Indian Ocean Tsunami in the final days of 2004 and the South Asia earthquake of October 2005, on top of the worst hurricane season in living memory - and stretching all humanitarian agencies to their maximum capacity and beyond." (Introduction of Humanitarian Appeals 2006- 30 November 2005)

31 Dec 2005 description
report ALNAP

This is an initial report from the Tsunami Evaluation Coalition (TEC). The TEC is a collaborative effort by aid agencies (donor governments’ aid departments, United Nations agencies, non-governmental organisations, and the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement) to improve humanitarian systems by learning from the response to the earthquake and tsunamis of 26 December 2004. Another aim of the TEC is to provide some accountability for the humanitarian system to both the giving and receiving publics.

22 Dec 2005 description

The Federation's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. It is the world's largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers are active in over 181 countries.

21 Dec 2005 description

A floating hospital to serve communities isolated by annual monsoon flooding of Bangladesh's Brahmaputra River is under construction. The Emirates Airline Foundation signed a contract with Friendship, a registered non-governmental organisation (NGO), for managing the Emirates Friendship Hospital.

20 Dec 2005 description

Summary Observation on Rapid Emergency Needs Assessment Exercise to three severely flood affected northern districts of Bangladesh


While the Bangladesh monsoon was on the wane, late flooding has affected some 11 north and north=ADwestern districts between October 3-6, 2005.

15 Dec 2005 description

Note: After the release of theoriginal (November) versioin of this report, a DER meeting was held on 16 November to discuss follow-up issues. A consensus view emerged that future RENA reports should be strengthened to better inform potential interventions. A second DER working group meeting was held on the 21 November to discuss revising the structure of the RENA report, and the feasibility of updating the earlier November report. This "December Update" represents the outcome of the revisioins.

30 Nov 2005 description
report World Bank


Maintaining food security at the national and household level is a major priority for most developing countries, both for the welfare of the poor as well as for political stability. In order to help assure food security, developing country governments have adopted various strategies including efforts to increase production (often with an explicit goal of food self-sufficiency), government intervention in markets, public distribution of food and maintenance of national food security stocks.

25 Nov 2005 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis - to whom quoted text may be attributed - at the press briefing, on 25 November 2005, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

21 Nov 2005 description


Bangkok/New Delhi, 21 November, 2005: WHO SEARO is working closely with its Member Countries to develop concrete plans to strengthen emergency preparedness and response in the health sector as part of overall national preparedness plans.

According to Dr Samlee Plianbangchang, Regional Director, WHO South-East Asia Region, "This year, the countries of WHO South-East Asia Region have faced some of the most traumatic health emergencies. The Tsunamis of December 2004 killed over 200,000 people, and displaced 1.2 million people.

15 Nov 2005 description

The Indian Ocean tsunami demonstrated the high vulnerability and low resilience of coastal communities in disaster situations. In order to build safer coastal communities, Denmark is organising an International Workshop entitled,

24 Oct 2005 description

Dhaka (dpa) - At least 35 people have been killed in a raging epidemic sparked by contaminated water which has infected thousands of residents in rain soaked towns and muddy villages across Bangladesh, government health officials said Monday.

17 Oct 2005 description

By Anis Ahmed

SARKARPARA, Bangladesh, Oct 17 (Reuters) - "Only the brave would live in these ruins," said village council chief Abdur Rahman Bakul as he surveyed mud houses wrecked by the torrential rain and floods that have swept northern Bangladesh.

Thousands of people are still waiting for food and aid following floods in six districts that have killed 20 people and damaged both crops and infrastructure over the past two weeks.

A disaster management official said at the weekend that about 100,000 mud-walled houses collapsed, making at least half a million people …

15 Oct 2005 description

The prevailing rain-fed flood situation in the north & north-western districts is likely to improve further.


Almost nil rainfall has been recorded all over the country during the last 24 hours ending at 9.00 A.M. today.

13 Oct 2005 description

The Federation's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. It is the world's largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers are active in over 181 countries.