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30 Dec 2004 description
report Xinhua

PARIS, Dec 30, 2004 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- French aid for victims of the Asian tsunamis rose to 41.3 million euros (56.17 million dollars), French Foreign Ministry announced Thursday evening in a statement.

30 Dec 2004 description

How you can donate: Below is a listing of non-profit agencies working to provide assistance to those affected by the earthquake and tsunamis. You may donate to them -- and learn more about their work in the region -- at their web sites, linked below.

Who we are: USAID is the U.S. government agency responsible for economic and humanitarian assistance around the world. As a U.S. Federal government agency, we do not accept donations. However, we do work together with many of the organizations below to provide U.S.

30 Dec 2004 description
report UN News Service

Beyond the enormous effort to raise donations in cash and kind, one of the major challenges confronting the massive United Nations operation to bring relief to the survivors of the devastating Asian tsunami is to ensure that the aid reaches those who need it most despite daunting logistical and access problems.

As reports flowed in of hungry survivors clamouring for food, clean water and other aid four days after the tsunami struck a dozen countries, UN officials noted that many of the most devastated areas, like Aceh in Indonesia, already suffered from poor infrastructure with access …

30 Dec 2004 description
report UN News Service

With the United Nations health agency warning that up to 5 million people in Southeast Asia are without basic services after Sunday's devastating tsunami, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today chaired a top level emergency meeting to oversee what may turn out to be the largest ever UN relief effort for a natural disaster.

Rushing back to UN Headquarters in New York from an interrupted holiday, Mr.

30 Dec 2004 description

Following tsunamis, US$40 million urgently needed to avert public health disaster

30 DECEMBER 2004 | GENEVA - The World Health Organization (WHO) today said urgent action is needed to address the emerging public health needs of those affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Southeast Asia.

30 Dec 2004 description

By Tomi Soetjipto and Dean Yates

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia, Dec 30 (Reuters) - Millions of people on Indian Ocean shores scrambled for food and clean water on Thursday, as disease, thirst, hunger and panic threatened survivors of the most devastating tsunami on record.

The death toll rose above 91,000, the latest increases coming mainly from Indonesia's Aceh province, which now accounts for over half of the dead.

30 Dec 2004 description

Members of the Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation around the world will start a campaign to raise funds for earthquake and tsunami victims in South Asia on Jan. 1, 2005. The campaign in Taiwan will last three months until March 31.

After Master Cheng Yen, founder of Tzu Chi Foundation, made an open appeal on Dec. 28 for donations of love to South Asia, various Tzu Chi groups and the public have responded enthusiastically.

Employees of the Taichung-based Vitalon Food Co. donated half-month salaries, totaling NT$5.4 million (US$163,000) to Tzu Chi on Dec.

30 Dec 2004 description

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(Reissued as received.)

NAIROBI, 30 December (UNEP) - As the Asian earthquake and tsunami death toll is now feared to be approaching 100,000 people, emergency humanitarian assistance remains the top priority, but urgent environmental concerns that threaten human health must be addressed, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said today.

The Organization decided to create a Task Force in Geneva to coordinate all inputs from the UNEP system to identify and alleviate the environmental impacts of the disaster and to support the efforts of the affected countries and …

30 Dec 2004 description
report Cruz Roja Española

Más de 250 miembros expatriados de la Institución, de ellos 120 especialistas en emergencias, trabajan incansablemente junto a los miembros y voluntarios de las distintas sociedades de la Cruz Roja y la Media Luna Roja de la zona.

Comunicado 129/04 - Madrid, 30 de diciembre de 2004 - La escala del desastre va creciendo por días y los equipos de evaluación de la Cruz Roja, desplazados en Sri Lanka, Indonesia y Maldivas, donde todavía no se habían contabilizado los daños, van descubriendo una devastación inimaginable.

30 Dec 2004 description

By Michael Perry

BANGKOK, Dec 30 (Reuters) - Hundreds of tonnes of emergency supplies of tarpaulins, water purification systems, food and medicines poured into Asia on Thursday, but little was reaching injured, sick and hungry tsunami survivors.

Some survivors have seen no aid since the tsunami struck on Sunday due to the inaccessibility of the worst hit areas, cut off from the outside world by flooding and downed bridges, and the sheer magnitude of the disaster affecting many countries.

Aid started pouring into Indonesia only to stop at the airport due to a lack of fuel for …

30 Dec 2004 description

The Secretary for Security, Mr Ambrose S K Lee, announced at a press conference yesterday (December 29) that the Government was sending a 120-strong team to Phuket, including officers from Immigration Department, Police, Civil Aid Service, Auxiliary Medical Service and Department of Health, to expedite the search of missing Hong Kong residents as well as providing assistance to stranded Hong Kong residents in areas affected by the tsunami.

As at 8pm yesterday, the Immigration Department's hotline (2829 3010) had received a total of 828 enquiries and 691 requests for …

30 Dec 2004 description

Dhaka (dpa) - Bangladesh sent two helicopters and a plane-load of medicine, safe water and oral rehydration saline packets to Colombo Thursday for the survivors of Sunday's quake in Sri Lanka and the Maldives, officials said.

Bangladesh is also dispatching ten medical teams to Sri Lanka to render emergency medical help to the quake victims.

A 96-member army team is scheduled to leave for Sri Lanka and another 61-member armed forces group for the Maldives to join international rescue and relief operations in the two countries devastated by the quake and high oceanic …

30 Dec 2004 description
report UN News Service

From floating mines - the dislodged detritus of long running civil war - to the psychological after-shocks of Asia's devastating tsunami, the massive United Nations relief operation is addressing the mini-crises that may slip below the radar of public attention amid the glare devoted to the immediate health and shelter emergencies.

In Sri Lanka, where a ceasefire is holding between the Government and Tamil separatist forces in the north and east, mines seeded years ago may yet bear deadly fruit, posing a risk to hundreds of thousands of people driven from their homes by the giant …

30 Dec 2004 description
report Xinhua

BEIJING, Dec 30, 2004 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The Red Cross Society of China has decided to offer another emergent donation totaled 340,000d US dollars for the six severely tsunami-hit countries including Sri Lanka, Indonesia, India, Thailand, Myanmar and Maldives.

30 Dec 2004 description
report Xinhua

JAKARTA, Dec 30, 2004 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said Thursday he had appealed for the United Nations to sponsor an international conference on global efforts to help victims in tsunami-hit countries.

"In a phone conversation yesterday (Wednesday) with the UN secretary-general, I proposed the United Nations to sponsor an international conference on concerted efforts to help countries hit by these massive-scale earthquake and tsunami," Susilo told a press conference at the presidential palace here.

"Indonesia is not the only …

30 Dec 2004 description

In light of the new dire disaster figures, the Danish Government has decided to increase its contribution to assistance to the many flood victims to 95 mio. DKR, app. 18 mio. USD.

The Danish Emergency Management Agency has been asked by the UN to take the lead on the establishment of a coordination center in Banda Aceh, Sumatra.

30 Dec 2004 description
report British Red Cross

The British Red Cross' Asia Earthquake and Floods Appeal has raised over £2 million pounds in just three days.

The Red Cross Appeal total includes a £500,000 donation from The States of Jersey Overseas Aid Committee. In addition, Barclays has donated £250,000, while the Grand Charity and Tesco have each donated a further £100,000.

The Disasters Emergency Committee launched an appeal on 28 December on behalf of several major charities including the British Red Cross, Save the Children, Oxfam and Concern.

30 Dec 2004 description

U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
BUREAU FOR DEMOCRACY, CONFLICT, AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE (DCHA)
OFFICE OF U.S. FOREIGN DISASTER ASSISTANCE (OFDA)

30 Dec 2004 description

Madrid (dpa) - The Spanish government Thursday approved an aid package of 50 million euros (68 million dollars) for the reconstruction of areas devastated by tsunamis in Asia, local media reported.

The package includes 2 million euros in non-reimbursable aid and 48 million in credit facilities to be negotiated with the countries in question.

Spain was also sending a plane carrying sanitary material, doctors and aid personnel to Indonesia after dispatching a similar aircraft to Sri Lanka.

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(2004-68) News Release

December 30, 2004, Ottawa - The Honourable Aileen Carroll, Minister of International Cooperation, announced today that the Government of Canada will match on a one-to-one basis donations from Canadians to the tsunami relief efforts.

"Canadians have responded with great generosity," said Minister Carroll.